May 26, 2001

Ten outstanding Hispanic educators were each be presented with $25,000 as part of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards.

Collectively, they are a testament to achievement in the face of adversity and the power of education to dramatically alter the human condition. Individually, each has made significant contributions to our nation's schools and the Latino community at-large.

"High quality educators are critical because they are not only the building blocks of better schools, but the essential ingredient of student success and achievement," said Lowell Milken, Chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation. "We applaud and celebrate the important role our Award recipients and all the great educators throughout the nation are playing in our society."

-- Susanna Navarro Baum, Reading Specialist, Solana Vista Elementary School, Solana Beach, Calif.

-- Jacqueline Haines-Bobbitt, Teacher, Stratton Meadows Elementary School, Colorado Springs, Colo.

-- Danielle Calvillo, Teacher, Valencia Elementary School, Los Lunas, N.M.

-- Patricia Vigil Castillo, Teacher, Rio Grande Elementary School, Belen, N.M.

-- Graciela De Anda, Teacher, Economedes High School, Edinburg, Tex.

-- Becky Mendez, Teacher, Jimmy Elrod Elementary School, San Antonio

-- Maria Petrea, Principal, Collinswood Elementary School, Charlotte, N.C.

-- Enedelia Schofield, Principal, Echo Shaw Elementary School, Cornelius, Ore.

-- Salvador Tamayo, Bilingual Teacher, West Elementary School, West Chicago, Ill.

-- Ronald Vigil, Teacher, Goins Elementary School, Cheyenne, Wyo.

This black-tie affair - which Teacher Magazine calls "the Oscars of Teaching" - is the culmination of the 12th annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference. Respected annually as one of the premier working conferences in K-12 education, the seminar, themed "Teacher Quality: Building on Excellence," brings together key legislators and state superintendents, hundreds of Award-winning educators and other distinguished experts as they explore ways of moving teacher quality issues from advocacy to action.

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