WRITER: JENNY FERGUSON
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Release: Dec. 20, 2002
UI alumnus wins Milken Educator Award
University of Iowa College of Education alumna Shawn
Carstensen Hays, a second-grade teacher at Pomona Elementary School in Grand
Junction, Colo., is one of this year's recipients of a Milken Family Foundation
National Educator Award.
Since the program's inception in 1985, the Milken Educator Awards have
recognized more than 1,800 elementary and secondary educators around the
country who have demonstrated exceptional educational talent and accomplishment.
Recipients are given an unrestricted financial award of $25,000.
Hays was surprised with the award announcement at a school assembly this
fall. She will participate in the Milken Family Foundation National Education
Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., April 26-29, where she will be awarded
the $25,000 during a ceremony the last day.
"It is an incredible honor and quite humbling in many ways," Hays
said. "There are many teachers I have respected over the years who I
thought were deserving of the award,"
Hays said she will donate a portion of her award money to a charity that
works with troubled children.
Hays earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the UI in