Reprinted from http://www.ncpublicschools.org/news/04-05/101204.html
Oct. 12, 2004
Brodeur Receives Prestigious Milken Award
Having someone tell you that you're doing a great job is one thing. Having them tell you that you're doing a great job and handing you an unrestricted $25,000 check is quite another – something Jennifer Brodeur, an Onslow County school teacher, can undoubtedly verify. Brodeur, a second/third grade teacher at Hunters Creek Elementary, today was named a 2004 Milken Family Foundation National Educator.
State Superintendent Tricia Willoughby joined Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Sandler as he made the surprise announcement during a school-wide assembly. Brodeur is among the 100 new recipients of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which carries with it an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 and membership in a network of over 2,000 past recipients from across the nation who serve as both expert resources and collaborators to network members. Two North Carolina educators received the award this year.
Superintendent Willougby said that she was delighted to participate in this year's notifications. "Jennifer Brodeur is a wonderful example of the professionals we are so fortunate to have in our classrooms across the state. She truly exemplifies what a ‘High Quality' teacher is under No Child Left Behind." Willoughby added that although this was her first year in participating in Milken, North Carolina has been a participant for the past 10 years. "I'm so honored to be a part of Milken and have the opportunity to recognize exemplary educators such as Jennifer for the hard work and vision they bring to the classroom on a daily basis," Willoughby added.
An independent blue-ribbon committee appointed by each state's Department of Education selects the recipients for the award. Predetermined criteria for the award include exceptional educational talent as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession; outstanding accomplishments and strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.
Brodeur is noted for her organizational and management skills, which enable her to differentiate instruction for a diverse population of learners. Her willingness to reach beyond what is expected is evidenced through the annual success of her students and the respect of her colleagues. She sets high expectations for herself, her students and their parents. Her classroom is noted for having high energy and as a place where children are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences. Brodeur teaches students the importance of taking risks in order to succeed in life.
Brodeur serves as chair of Hunters Creek School Improvement team; coordinates and plans activities for new staff members to acclimate them to the school and the school culture; co-plans and conducts staff development for the school and district in the areas of literacy, math and science; serves as a member of the Onslow Teacher Academy; and as a lead teacher and trainer for the NC Partnership for Math and Science. A National Board Certified teacher, Brodeur sets and models high standards for herself, co-workers and students.
Brodeur will join 99 other educators in 47 states and the District of Columbia as the latest recipients of this prestigious award, which was established to provide public and financial recognition to some of our nation's most outstanding teachers, principals, and specialists in K-12 education. In addition to the financial award and educational networking opportunities, recipients are provided with a variety of professional resources to help them cultivate and expand innovative programs in their classrooms, schools, and districts. They also will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May 2005 for the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference.
"Improving American education strengthens the vitality of American democracy," Foundation President Lowell Milken said. "By shining a light on the excellence of these 100 educators, and the nearly 2,000 others we have honored over the past 18 years, we hope to show how crucial their efforts are to the goal of providing every child in America with the opportunity for a high quality education."
Dubbed the "Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine, the Milken National Educator Awards were established in 1985 to reward, retain and attract the highest caliber professionals to our nation's schools. The award alternates each year between elementary and secondary educators. To date, 39 North Carolina educators have received this award, sharing a total of $975,000. Nationally, over $51 million has been awarded since the program's inception.
To receive additional information on the Milken Educator Awards, the National Education Conference, or other Milken Family Foundation programs, please call 310/570-4775 or visit the Milken Family Foundation Web site, http://www.mff.org. For information about the awards presented in North Carolina, contact Dan Holloman, Center for Recruitment and Retention, DPI, 919/807-3375, or by email,