Saturday, December 2, 2023

Coventry Elementary Teacher Honored with Milken Educator Award

Virginia Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera (left) and Deputy Secretary of Education McKenzie Snow (right) congratulate Taylor Goodson on her Milken Educator Award. (Courtesy of Milken Family Foundation)

YORKTOWN — The Milken Family Foundation recognized a Coventry Elementary School teacher with its Milken Educator Award during teacher appreciation week.

The recipient, third-grade teacher Taylor Goodson, was recognized for her work in inspiring and motivating her students, and for promoting student literacy. The $25,000 award was presented at a school-wide assembly amongst the recipient’s colleagues and students. There were also state and local officials in attendance.

“Taylor makes a difference in the lives of her students every day and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week than to join her and her entire school community to celebrate this well-deserved recognition from the Milken Family Foundation,” Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said. “Taylor epitomizes all of the Virginia teachers we celebrate this week in her dedication to her students and in her commitment to academic excellence.”

According to a release from the Milken Family Foundation, “the Milken Educator Awards celebrate, elevate and activate the American teaching profession and inspire young, capable people to join it.”

This was the Commonwealth of Virginia’s second Milken Educator Award presented during teacher appreciation week. The first recipient was Virginia Beach Middle School teacher Kimberly Collins.

“I am thrilled to welcome another Milken Educator from Virginia, as this state holds a special place in my heart,” said Stephanie Bishop, vice president of the Milken Educator Awards and a 2001 Virginia Milken Educator. “Taylor Goodson’s dedication to increasing literacy, willingness to assist and mentor students and colleagues, and adaptability to meet student needs are just some of the characteristics that make her a model to follow. We welcome Taylor to our national Milken Educator Network and look forward to her contributions.”

The recipients of the award join a national network of educators consisting of more the 2,800 teachers, principals, and specialists.

For more information on Goodson including videos of the event, please visit the Milken Educator Awards website.

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