Milken Educator Award Winner Calls Teaching ‘Work of the Soul’

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In a surprise announcement held during a school assembly on Oct. 24, the Milken Family Foundation presented the Milken Educator Award to Sunrise Mountain High School teacher Ben Nguyen, an Ivy League graduate.

The Milken Educator Awards, often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching,” provide recognition and financial awards of $25,000 each to educators across the nation who are furthering excellence in education.

Read the announcement from the Milken Family Foundation, which dubs Nguyen a “Robotics Whisperer.”

Watch Nguyen’s remarks after learning he won the Milken Educator Award.

Also take a look at The Nevada Independent’s story, “Sunrise Mountain educator wins national award, calls teaching ‘work of the soul.’ ”

Only 40 educators each year are selected for the Milken Educator Award. Nevada had two recipients this year, the other being Nicolas Jacques, a middle school teacher in Carson City.

Over $10,000 in Scholarships Provided During Reclaim Your Future

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The eighth annual Reclaim Your Future Senior Celebration took place on May 10 at the Texas Station. The event, sponsored by the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and the City of Las Vegas, celebrated the nearly 500 graduating JAG Seniors from 20 high schools.

These students have faced tremendous adversity in their lives, yet put education first and will graduate on time. Nevada State College, CSN, Sands Cares, and the Bee-Lievers provided over $10,000 in surprise scholarships.

Additionally, the Las Vegas Aces, the NBA Summer League, and Vegas Golden Knights Foundation also raffled off tickets and apparel throughout the event as well.

The event was emceed by Michael Flores and Nicholas Mathews. DJ Lalas played live music throughout the event, and the students found inspiration in the story of Las Vegas Aces’ Rushia Brown.