2005 Milken National Educator Award Recipients
By the time students complete Mark
Schreiber's class, they've learned far more
and had more fun than they thought possible.
Whether they're building catapults in his
pre-engineering class, improving the senior
lounge or fixing staff members' computers,
students learn from Mr. Schreiber the true
outcomes of what they are learning. Dedicated
to providing students with expansive learning
opportunities, he designed an I2I (Innovation
in Technology Integration) lab to help them
gain a more comprehensive understanding and
real-world view of the subjects they
Since arriving at Frontier Academy, Mr. Schreiber has demonstrated tremendous initiative in developing technology classes that are "hands-on and minds-on." For example, Mr. Schreiber created a Mock Mission to Mars that culminated in an imaginary field trip to the planet. Long after they've graduated, kids still talk about the work they did in his class.
When students at Bear Creek High School
need to be pulled out of class for routine
scheduling meetings, they ask that the
meetings not cause them to miss Jane Vahle's
class. What makes them value her instruction
so much is her contagious excitement about
knowledge and love of learning, backed up by
sound pedagogical expertise and a
differentiated curriculum that matches the
material to individual student needs and
Using artwork of the Harlem Renaissance to stimulate a discussion about describing images in words or linking fantasy football with literature to motivate students' interest in reading, Ms. Vahle finds creative and engaging ways to develop higher-level thinking skills. In her first year of teaching Advanced Placement English, she helped 75 percent of her students pass the AP test. Academic improvement is the norm among her students, and yet she continues to examine and evaluate her instructional methods, communicating with fellow AP teachers nationwide to see where she can do better. Ms. Vahle and two of her colleagues are considered model teachers throughout the district. No wonder students are reluctant about missing any of her classes.
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