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Northeast teacher receives $25,000 award

By Staff
TEACHER AWARD – Amanda Goldman, a Northeast Elementary School teacher, wipes a tear from her eye after learning Tuesday she will receive the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Behind Goldman are, from left, Clara Godine, curriculum director for Lauderdale County schools; Caron Blanton, public relations director for the Mississippi Department of Education; and Ed Mosley, assistant superintendent of Lauderdale County schools. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
October 12, 2004
Northeast Elementary School teacher Amanda Goldman wept when she learned Tuesday she won $25,000 from a national education foundation money she can use any way she chooses.
Goldman, who teaches intellectually and artistically gifted students, didn't know what to say when state Superintendent of Education Henry Johnson presented her with an oversized facsimile of the check.
Amy Rogers, a teacher at Purvis Elementary School in Purvis, also received her own $25,000 award.
Goldman learned about the award in the school gym during an assembly that students, teachers and education officials attended. Lauderdale County School Superintendent David Little said it would be hard to find a teacher more outstanding than Goldman.
The Santa Monica, Calif.-based Milken Family Foundation will honor 100 of the nation's top educators with similar awards that total $2.5 million.
The Milken Family Foundation's goal is to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves. The foundation also works in educational and medical research.
The Milken educator awards have been presented each year in Mississippi since 1991.
Goldman didn't know she will receive the award until the moment Johnson announced her name. Award winners were chosen by a panel appointed by the Mississippi Department of Education.
She will receive the actual check at a national conference in Washington in the spring.
While Goldman said she doesn't know what she will do with the money, some of her students said they think they know how she will spend it.
Austin Aucoin, a fourth-grader in Goldman's gifted art class, said he believes his teacher will give the money to a foundation "because she cares for a lot of people."
Elizabeth Barnacastle said she believes Goldman is the best teacher around because she always is involved with what students are doing in class.
Goldman is not the first Northeast teacher to win the Milken award. Jackie Stevens, a teacher at Northeast Middle School, won the award in the early 1990s.
Another Milken recipient, Kathy Brookshire, now head of the Meridian Community College Foundation, also attended the ceremony.

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