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April 1, 2005

Vivian Myrtetus
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner John L. Winn Congratulates Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award Winner Eva Hernandez
Hialeah Elementary School teacher wins $25,000 reward for exceptional performance and leadership

HIALEAH — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today congratulated Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award Winner Eva Hernandez, a kindergarten and fourth grade teacher. During a surprise presentation at Hialeah Elementary School, Ms. Hernandez was presented the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award by the Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President for Education Dr. Lewis Solmon.

"Ms. Hernandez sets an example for students, parents, and co-workers," said Education Commissioner John Winn. "Her commitment to the education family at Hialeah Elementary shows why the school has been so successful. She challenges her students to excel while supporting their parents and her colleagues."

As a National Board Certified teacher, Ms. Hernandez uses a variety of teaching strategies to accommodate the individual learning styles of her students. She motivates students to reach their highest potential by incorporating cooperative learning as a tool to solve mathematical problems, using hands-on activities in science and math, and promoting critical thinking throughout her lessons. She also mentors new teachers, teaches in the after-school and Saturday school programs, and offers training workshops for parents to promote the school and home as partners.

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