March 1, 2011

Two West Memphis educators honored as top teachers

Living, breathing evidence of Arkansas being ranked 6th in Education Week magazine’s annual ranking of states’ educational quality in 2011 can be found right here in West Memphis. Two local school teachers received national recognition for their efforts in 2010.

These two extraordinary educators were honored at last week’s 64th Annual West Memphis Chamber of Commerce banquet, both for winning HUGE national honors from the Milken Family Foundation. Congrats to Milken Educators Tracy Valentine, from Bragg Elementary, and Tamika Jordan, from Avondale Elementary, for being chosen as two of only 55 educators across the United States.

Hailed as the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards were launched by education reform leader Lowell Milken in 1987 to celebrate, elevate and activate exemplary K-12 educators. Over the years, the Awards have been instrumental in communicating to parents and policy makers alike the proven fact that the quality of the teacher in the classroom is by far the most important school-based factor in determining student achievement.