At the time of the award, Candace Ewing was:
Snacks Crossing Elementary
About Candace's surprise award ceremony:
Pike Township educator Candace Ewing received a 2012 Milken Educator Award December 6, 2012 in a surprise school assembly at Snacks Crossing Elementary in M.S.D. Pike Township in Indianapolis. Tony Bennett participated in the celebration. Ewing received an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation.
"It is imperative that our nation's best educators are honored both for their impact in the classroom and their work to uplift the profession," Bennett said. "The Milken Educator Award has made great strides in rewarding professionals who are the best of the best. Candace Ewing is an educator of which Indiana should be proud. She is a leader among her peers and an inspiration to her students."
Established by the Milken Family Foundation in 1985, the Milken Educator Award publicly celebrates educators who are furthering excellence in education. The award is the nation's preeminent teacher recognition program and was nicknamed the "Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine.
Each year, up to 40 new Milken Educators are selected nationwide. More than $63 million has been awarded to more than 2,500 Milken Educators since the program's inception. Since Indiana joined the program in 1993, 57 Hoosier teachers have received the award, with cash prizes totaling more than $1.4 million.
Ewing is the assistant principal at Snacks Crossing Elementary. She did not know she was being considered for the award, as there is no formal nomination or application process. Each state's department of education appoints an independent blue ribbon committee to recommend candidates to the Milken Family Foundation, which makes the final determinations.