|For Immediate Release:||November 1, 2018|
|Contact:||Charles B. Pyle, Director of Communications, 804-371-2420
Julie C. Grimes, Communications Manager, 804-225-2543
Roanoke Elementary School Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Heights Elementary teacher Caroline Eschenbach today received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during a surprise assembly at the Roanoke school. The award was presented by Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President Jane Foley in the school multipurpose room before the students and faculty.
Eschenbach is the reading teacher for all third graders at Virginia Heights Elementary. Her students consistently outperform their peers statewide in reading. Last year, 57 percent of the school’s students were economically disadvantaged.
“Caroline Eschenbach finds a way to reach every student in her classroom,” Lane said. “She weaves together rigorous content with deeply engaging activities, including fiction, nonfiction, current events, music and movement, to create reading instruction that is interesting and relevant to students. I am sure that she is one of the teachers her students will always remember.”
“Her students are fortunate to have her as their teacher,” Qarni said. “It is exciting to see that Caroline Eschenbach is being honored for her classroom success.”
Eschenbach — whose mother was also a third-grade teacher — mentors student teachers and frequently invites reading teachers from other Roanoke schools to observe her classroom. She is a regular presenter at division professional development programs and contributed to the division’s language arts curriculum.
Eschenbach has taught at Virginia Heights Elementary since August 2014. She began her teaching career in Louisa County, where she taught third grade at Moss-Nuckols Elementary from August 2012 to May 2014.
Eschenbach earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Tech in 2010 and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Virginia in 2012.
Eschenbach is the 45th Virginia educator — and the second Roanoke teacher — to receive a Milken Educator Award. Wade Whitehead, a fifth-grade teacher at Crystal Springs Elementary, received the award in 2000.
The Milken Educator Award recognizes teachers, principals and other public school educators who promote excellence and innovation. Recipients are selected on the basis of multiple criteria related to instructional practice, leadership, student achievement and accomplishments outside the classroom.
Since the launch of the Milken Educator Awards in 1987, the Milken Family Foundation has distributed more than $68 million in awards to more than 2,700 educators across the country including $1.1 million in Virginia.