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January 8, 2004

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne Presents Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award to Daniel Mullins
Winter Park math teacher reaps $25,000 reward for exceptional performance and leadership

ORLANDO — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today presented the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award to Daniel Mullins. Joined by Senate Education Committee Chairman Lee Constantine and Milken Foundation Vice President Lew Solmon, Horne surprised the math teacher during an assembly at Winter Park Ninth Grade Center.

"Mr. Mullins embodies all of the qualities that make a teacher outstanding," said Horne. "His dedication and enthusiasm are truly inspiring and clearly making a difference for the students at Winter Park."

Daniel Mullins has been a teacher for seven years and was a nominee for the Outstanding First Teacher Year Teacher Award in 1996. He teaches ninth grade mathematics and has taught all types of students at Winter Park High School, from those enrolled in advanced curriculum to those needing remediation. Highly respected by his colleagues and students, he has been a leader in improving curriculum at the school. Mr. Mullins' students have been recognized as some of the best prepared students at Winter Park and perform exceptionally well.

The Milken Family Foundation recognizes outstanding K-12 educators who are furthering excellence in education with a reward of $25,000. Mullins is one of 2000 teachers, principals, and specialists recognized in Florida with this award since its start in 1985. Recipients of this award are chosen among elementary and secondary school professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession;

  • Outstanding accomplishment and strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and

  • Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

For more information on the Milken Educator Awards, please visit www.mff.org.