Milken Educator Award at Katherine Dunn Elementary School

Enter Liz Barnum’s third grade class at Katherine Dunn Elementary School in Sparks, Nevada, and you will see students in the driver’s seat. Under Barnum’s expert guidance and dedication, they lead lively discussions about learning and track their progress toward mastery. Yet today, the focus was squarely on Barnum when she was caught completely by surprise with a national Milken Educator Award for her achievements and long-range leadership potential in the profession. The honor, created by Lowell Milken, includes an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for her own use. Milken Educator Awards Founder Lowell Milken presented the Award, joined by Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone M. Ebert. As a lifelong benefit of the recognition, Barnum will join a network of more than 2,900 Milken Educator Award recipients and other leaders from across the country dedicated to strengthening K-12 education. This video begins with Ms. Barnum's reaction interview followed by the full award ceremony.