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For Immediate Release
October 10, 2006

Glen Ellyn fifth grade teacher receives national recognition

GLEN ELLYN -- Kerin Motsinger is described by her colleagues as a creative teacher who is constantly developing new and exciting ways to help her students learn. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her students is evident in each of the lessons she teaches. Principal Amy Boyer says that Kerin’s enthusiasm is contagious and that her students are “excited to learn.”

For the past 10 years Kerin has been teaching students to achieve at their highest potential and on Tuesday afternoon she learned that her students aren’t the only ones achieving their highest potential.

The combination of creativity, commitment, and passion are what led the Milken Family Foundation to select her as one of two Illinois recipients of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award.

The announcement came as a complete surprise to almost everyone in the crowded auditorium at Park View Elementary School in Glen Ellyn. Using the ruse of State Board officials visiting the school, an assembly was put together. The reality was something on a bigger scale as local dignitaries, politicians, and members of the school board took their places. Then Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation was introduced. A few people in the audience recognized the name but the secret was still intact. After a short speech about outstanding teachers and the importance of education, Milken announced the real reason for the assembly.

The prestigious award is given annually to teachers demonstrating exemplary teaching skills and personal commitment to education. Each winner receives $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation which they can use however they wish.

Because of Kerin’s ability to consistently rise to any challenge, she is currently teaching gifted and talented students and helping them soar even higher in their academic pursuits.

Motsinger earned her master’s degree in technology last summer and she uses computers to help students expand their knowledge of the world outside their classroom.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Milken National Educator Awards. Approximately 100 teachers in 48 states and the District of Columbia will receive Milken awards this year. Since 1987, over $56 million has been awarded to more than 2,200 educators. New recipients will join the Milken Educator Network, a rich resource of educators and other influential leaders accessible to fellow teachers, legislators, school boards, and others who are shaping the future of education. 102 Illinois teachers and principals have received the Milken National Educator award since its inception.

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