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April 1, 2005

Vivian Myrtetus
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner John L. Winn Congratulates Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award Winner Sharon J. Moser
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., Elementary School teacher garners $25,000 reward for exceptional performance and leadership

FROSTPROOF — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today congratulated Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award Winner Sharon J. Moser, a fifth grade language arts and reading teacher. During a surprise presentation at Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., Elementary School, Ms. Moser was presented the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award by the Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President for Education Dr. Lewis Solmon.

"Sharon Moser is a wonderful example of educators working to enhance their profession," said Education Commissioner John Winn. "She is a key teacher-leader in support of national board certification and her students benefit from that dedication."

Ms. Moser, A National Board Certified teacher, is a leader in the school district's training initiatives for teaching reading. She helped dramatically improve student performance in reading at more than 20 district schools last year. Sharon also conducts peer modeling of effective instructional strategies and helped rewrite the district's clinical educator training. In the classroom, she often turns mundane artifacts into engaging lessons. A developing crack in her classroom wall once became student-centered literacy, math, and science instruction that kept her students busy for days.

The Milken Family Foundation recognizes outstanding K-12 educators who are furthering excellence in education with a reward of $25,000. Moser 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