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Alumna wins the Oscar of teaching

Jennifer Mitchell2.jpgCurriculum and Instruction alumna Jennifer Mitchell (B.S. '00, M.Ed. '03) has received the prestigious 2010 Milken Educator Award. Mitchell, a K-3 English and language teacher at Sojourner Truth Academy in north Minneapolis, received the honor at a school ceremony on Nov. 16. The award, which includes $25,000, goes to only 55 teachers nationwide each year.

Mitchell is director of curriculum and instruction at the charter school. "I wanted to be a teacher my whole life," she said in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story. "I didn't have the passion for it until I came here." She also plans to earn her principal's license and an educational leadership degree.

Watch Jennifer Mitchell receive the Milken award on YouTube.

For more information on Jennifer Mitchell and the Milken award, see the Minnesota Department of Education press release.

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