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Joplin Teacher Wins Prestigious Milken Educator Award


The Milken Educator Awards are the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program, and this year, one of Missouri’s own teachers was honored. Tobin Schultz is a social studies teacher and football coach at Joplin High School, and he was one of 15 teachers across the United States to be receive what Teacher Magazine calls, “Oscars of Teaching”.

Founded in 1985 as an initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, the Milken Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards.

The Milken Family Foundation points out that the Milken Awards are not for lifetime achievement.

“The Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.” (source)

Schultz was this year’s only awardee from Missouri but he joins 42 other Missouri teachers who received the award before him.

Nearly 2,600 teachers have received the award in all, and each of them is provided ongoing networking and professional development support and tools as long as they continue their careers in education.

One of the most touching aspects of the Milken Awards is that the awards are always presented to winners as a surprise in front of their students, colleagues, distinguished officials and media during an all-school assembly.

Missouri Parent congratulates Tobin Schultz and Joplin Schools!

You can read Schultz’s full bio on his Milken Awards page.

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