Elkhart Elementary School third-grade teacher and teacher partner Jennie Schmaltz recently attended what she thought was going to be an ordinary school assembly, but boy was she wrong! She not only left the assembly with a heart full of gratitude, but with a pocket full of money — $25,000, that is!
The Milken Family Foundation organized the surprise event to honor Schmaltz with the prestigious Milken Educator Award for her compassion, dedication and belief that every child can succeed. The awards, granted to only 35 teachers nationally this year, were revered by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Education.” Schmaltz will join a team of more than 2,700 distinguished educators and enjoy powerful professional development opportunities throughout her career.
Schamltz credits her students and colleagues for her success, stating, “You achieve greatness when you surround yourself with greatness.” Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken presented Schmaltz with the check and encouraged her to use it for personal fulfillment as educators live a life of sacrifice.
Aurora Public Schools is extremely proud of Schmaltz’s accomplishments. She epitomizes our APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan core belief that student achievement and growth are driven by highly-effective and respected staff working as a team.
Check out her biography here.