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PRESS RELEASE

November 13, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Milken National Educator Award Presented to Lake County Principal
~Gray Middle School Principal Dr. Janice Boyd recognized as an outstanding educator~

GROVELAND – Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced Dr. Janice Boyd, Principal of Cecil E. Gray Middle School in Lake County, as a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Dr. Gray was presented with the $25,000 award by Commissioner Blomberg and Milken Foundation representative Todd White at a school assembly. Recipients will also attend the annual Milken National Education Conference, an all-expense-paid professional development conference held in Los Angeles in the spring. In addition, they will join the Milken Educator Network, a valuable resource of fellow educators, legislators, school boards and others in shaping the future of education.

“Dr. Boyd’s commitment to education and the students at Gray Middle School epitomizes teachers throughout Florida,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “I am pleased to recognize her accomplishments in the education arena at the local, state and national level.”

Dr. Boyd began her education career in 1982 as a mathematics teacher at Robinswood Junior High School in Orange County. She has held numerous teaching and administrative positions in Orange and Lake counties, becoming principal of Cecil E. Gray Middle School in 2002. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in History from Florida Southern in 1982, Dr. Boyd earned a master’s degree in Mathematics from Nova University in 1984. She earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University in 1990, and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Central Florida in 2002.

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, was created in 1987 by Lowell Milken to reward, retain, and attract outstanding K-12 educators to the profession. The award has since become the largest teacher recognition program in the nation, recognizing more than 2,300 distinguished educators since its inception.

An independent committee, appointed by the Florida Department of Education, makes nominations to the Milken Foundation, from which final selections are made. Predetermined criteria for the award include the following:

  • exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;
  • exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;
  • strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and
  • engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, and the community.

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award celebrates and rewards educators who make great strides in improving our education system by fostering professional development and career enhancement, encourages Milken educators to shape education policy in their state, elevates the teaching profession through public recognition of excellence, and encourages talented men and women to enter the field of education.

For more information about the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards, please visit www.mff.org.