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Shortly after receiving the prestigious Milken Educator Award Wednesday morning, Whitehaven High School teacher Nathan Kirsch said he’d never heard of the award prior.
The award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 gift and is a secret to school staff, teachers and students before being announced.
Called the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher magazine, the Milken Educator Awards has no formal nomination or application process. It’s a confidential selection process that finds early- to mid-career educators as candidates, who are then reviewed by panels in each state.
The Milken Family Foundation makes the final selection.
A pep rally turned into a surprise award ceremony for Kirsch Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Whitehaven High School gymnasium in front of students, teachers and local and state dignitaries.