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Claremore middle school teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator Award, $25,000

Posted at 12:40 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 15:19:25-05

CLAREMORE — A local Claremore middle school teacher received quite the surprise today, the national Milken Educator Award.

According to a press release, the Milken Educator Award is seen as the "Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher magazine.

In a surprise school assembly today, Brooke Lee was presented this prestigious award by Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

Lee is one of 40 honorees in the country, and the only recipient to receive the Milken Educator Award in the state of Oklahoma.

Not only was Lee name a 2019-20 recipient, she also received the unrestricted cash prize of $25,000 that comes along with the award.

Officials say the 8th grade English teacher's classroom at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore is the ultimate safe place for the students.

Lee's classes feature flexible lessons that accommodate all ability levels and aptitudes of students and their passions, according to the press release.

Official say, "Lee makes sure students compete against themselves, not others. Her students regularly show two years of academic growth in a single year and outperform state standards in English Language Arts. A paragon of respectful learning and nurturing education, Lee is an adherent of Universal Design for Learning and is helping Claremore Public Schools transform itself into a Great Expectations model school district."

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