NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: NOVEMBER 14, 2012


Tiffany Lachenmayr, a fourth grade math and science teacher at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner (Wake County Public School System), today received the surprise of a lifetime when she was named North Carolina's latest Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner and the recipient of a $25,000 prize.

State Superintendent June Atkinson made the surprise announcement during a school-wide assembly. Lachenmayr is among the nation's 40 most recent recipients of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which carries with it an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 and membership in a network of over 2,500 past recipients from across the nation.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said Lachenmayr serves as an example of what the teaching profession is all about. "Tiffany's enthusiasm, creativity and connections she makes with each of her students are what bring them back to her classroom for visits long after they leave the fourth grade," Atkinson said. "Her colleagues and students alike benefit from her passion for education and her commitment to student success."

An independent, blue ribbon committee appointed by each state's department of education selects the potential award recipients for submission to the Milken Foundation. Recipients can be exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, or specialists who are furthering excellence in the nation's schools. Predetermined criteria include educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school; exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession; strong, long-term potential for professional and policy leadership; and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

Lachenmayr's colleagues recognize her as having a vested interest in making sure all of her students reach success in the next grade level, high school, and college and careers. As a result of her hard work and her skilled use of research-based instructional practices, 100 percent of her students scored at the proficient level in math for the 2011-12 school year and met growth targets. In addition to building relationships with students, Lachenmayr is a respected teacher leader in her school. She serves on the school's Leadership Team, Reading/Writing/Math Committees, Student Support Team and iPad Leadership team. She was named the Timber Drive Teacher of the Year in 2010- 11. Lachenmayr also is National Board Certified teacher and has eight years of experience teaching the fourth grade.

Lachenmayr earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois - Champaign in 2004 and a master's degree in elementary education from Meredith College in 2010. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and served as the commencement speaker at Meredith College in May 2010.

Lachenmayr will join 39 other educators from across the country as the latest recipients of this prestigious award, which was established to provide exceptional K-12 educators with public recognition and to inspire talented young people to consider teaching as a career. In addition to the financial award and educational networking opportunities, the Milken Family Foundation provides recipients with a variety of professional resources to help them cultivate and expand innovative programs in their classrooms, schools and districts.

"Our public education system is at the heart of America's promise and is essential in safeguarding the American dream for future generations," said Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation. "With research confirming that effective teachers represent the single most important school-related factor in raising student achievement, it is important to honor them, learn from them, and inspire more capable people to join the profession. As the program's motto extols, the future belongs to the educated."

The Milken National Educator Awards were established in 1985 to reward, retain and attract the highest caliber professionals for our nation's schools. The award alternates each year between elementary and secondary educators. In the past 18 years, 46 North Carolina educators have received this award, sharing a total of $1.15 million. Nationally, over $63 million has been awarded since the program's inception.

To receive additional information on the Milken Educator Awards, the National Education Conference, or other Milken Family Foundation programs, please call 310.570.4775 or visit the Milken Family Foundation website, .

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.