Springfield teacher wins Milken Award

October 28, 2010

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—A fifth-grade teacher in Springfield has won the Milken Educator Award for Massachusetts, an honor that carries a $25,000 cash prize.

Roni Gold of Northampton, who teaches at the Rebecca M. Johnson Elementary School, was given the award Thursday during an all-school assembly.

The event was attended by Superintendent Alan J. Ingram, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester and Thomas C. Boysen, board member for the Milken Foundation of Santa Monica, Calif.

The award provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary school educators to attract, retain and motivate talented people.

Gold, a Harvard University graduate, tells the Republican newspaper that his students have amazing potential and he is just trying to open up their world.

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