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2011 Milken Award Winner: Wilson Reyes
At the time of the Award, Wilson Reyes was:
Guion Creek Middle School
Subjects Taught: English Language Learner (ELL) and Spanish
Grades: Six through eight
Pike Township teacher Wilson Reyes received a 2011 Milken Educator Award during a surprise assembly at Guion Creek Middle School today. Dr. Tony Bennett was on hand to participate in the ceremony as well as the presentation of an unrestricted $25,000 financial award from the Milken Foundation.
“Excellent teachers have a transformative effect on the lives of their students,” Bennett said “Their work ethic and talent is inspirational to the children they teach and the colleagues with whom they work. Wilson Reyes is an excellent teacher, and I was proud to participate in today’s ceremony honoring his contributions to Indiana’s schools.”
Often called the “Oscars of Teaching,” the Milken Educator Awards were created to attract, retain and motivate outstanding teachers throughout the country. Up to 40 recipients from around the nation will receive an award in 2011. Since1987, over $63 million has been awarded to more than 2,500 educators.
“Indiana continues to partner with the Milken Foundation to honor exceptional teachers,” Bennett said. “These types of partnerships help us take every opportunity possible to support and celebrate the best of our great educators, and I commend the Milken Foundation for its ongoing efforts to celebrate these men and women working in our nation’s classrooms.”
Reyes is an English Language Learner (ELL) and Spanish teacher at Guion Creek. He did not know he was in consideration for the award and believed he was attending a routine assembly. He joins a network of Milken educators who serve as role models for teachers across the United States.
Metropolitan School District of Pike Township leadership was on hand to participate in the ceremony. Dr. Gary Stark, Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, was also in attendance to formally present the award.