Pawtucket English teacher wins prestigious Milken Educator Award

Pawtucket English teacher wins prestigious Milken Educator Award

PAWTUCKET - In a surprise ceremony Wednesday morning at Slater Junior High School, English teacher Kendra Borden was named the Rhode Island winner of a 2015 Milken Educator Award. The Johnston resident is the only winner for the state.

The prestigious award, from the Milken Family Foundation, carries an unrestricted cash award of $25,000.

“In Rhode Island, we have some of the best teachers and principals in America,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo. “Just last week, Cumberland High School Principal Alan Tenreiro was named National Principal of the Year, and today’s selection of Kendra Borden as winner of a Milken Educator Award is further recognition of some of the great teaching and learning that takes place in our schools every day. Educators like Alan and Kendra work hard to provide our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college and in challenging careers. I congratulate Kendra Borden on her receiving this significant honor.”

“I want to congratulate Kendra on this prestigious honor, and thank her for the vital work she does in the classroom every day,” said Lieutenant Gov. Daniel J. McKee. “Having excellent and inspiring educators in every class in every school is a critical part of transforming public education in Rhode Island and preparing all of our students for lifelong success.”

“I am very pleased that the Milken Family Foundation has honored a great teacher who has dedicated herself to working in a middle school in an urban setting,” said Barbara Cottam, chairwoman of the Board of Education. “Kendra Borden has been a positive influence on her students, her fellow teachers, and her community, and this award recognizes the excellence she brings to the teaching profession and to the classroom every day. Congratulations to Mrs. Borden - and thank you to the Milken Family Foundation.”

“Kendra Borden’s colleagues describe her as an amazing teacher of English Language Arts and writing who is invested in kids and in the teaching profession,” said Daniel McConaghy, chairman of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. “It’s great to see this national recognition of the work Mrs. Borden has accomplished in Pawtucket. Her work, and this Milken Award, will inspire others to achieve excellence.”

“In her seven years in the teaching profession, Kendra Borden has earned respect and admiration from her colleagues and from her students,” said Ken Wagner, commissioner of elementary and secondary education. “This award she has received today, along with the Blue Ribbon recently awarded to the Francis J. Varieur School, shows that there’s good work going on in the Pawtucket schools. Congratulations to Pawtucket educators, particularly to Kendra Borden, on your commitment to great teaching and learning.”

“We are thrilled to present Kendra Borden with the Milken Educator Award for Rhode Island,” said Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards. “After a 14-year career in the business world, Borden knows the value of forming connections. Her collaborative approach to success translates seamlessly into the classroom, where she sparks lively discussions, personalizes learning and creates a culture of continuous feedback and improvement. As a writing wiz, Borden has authored curriculum and presentations that have had an impact on student learning throughout the district and state. We look forward to welcoming her into the Milken Educator Network and supporting her future goals in the teaching profession.”

A Rhode Island College graduate, Borden has been at Slater since she started her teaching career seven years ago. In addition to her classroom teaching, she is the credit-recovery coordinator for the school, the facilitator of the positive intervention and support team, a member of the building leadership team and of the curriculum writing team, and she has worked as a writing teacher for the College Crusade Saturday Academy. She lives in Johnston.

The Milken Educator Awards program provides recognition and unrestricted financial awards of $25,000 to exceptional elementary- and secondary-school teachers, principals, and specialists who are furthering excellence in American schools. This year, the Milken Family Foundation will honor up to 40 educators.

Since 1990, 74 Rhode Island educators have received Milken Educator Awards.


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