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Second Grade Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award

The Milken Family Foundation surprised Chapel Hill second grade teacher, Vanessa Thomson on Thursday, January 17. The prestigious Milken Educator Award is given to only 30-40 outstanding educators in the country each year. It recognizes their excellence in teaching and promise in the profession. 

The award comes with exclusive continuing professional growth and networking opportunities, along with a $25,000 check! The assembly to unveil this generous award was full of energy and great anticipation. Students, colleagues, district leaders and representatives from the Milken Family Foundation cheered on Vanessa as she was surprised. 


Vanessa Thomson with award envelope Mrs. Thomson pictured with dignitaries and $25,000 check
Vanessa with students hugging in class Vanessa pictured with her class cheering and holding cards spelling out $25,000