Alumna receives Milken Educator Award

SIOUX FALLS – Kira Christensen, a 2004 Augustana graduate, is the recipient of a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award.

Christensen majored in mathematics and secondary education at Augustana and graduated with cum laude distinction. She teaches mathematics at Sioux Falls Washington High School and received the award today from Gov. Mike Rounds and Education Secretary Tom Oster during an assembly at the end of classes.

The Milken Educator Awards were established by Milken Family Foundation Chairman Lowell Milken to provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. The Awards alternate each year between elementary and secondary educators; its recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.

The new recipients of the Milken Educator Award will convene at the 2010 Milken Educator Forum. This event will be an inspirational, national gathering of award-winning educators who will explore their roles and responsibilities in increasing teacher effectiveness and in sharing innovative strategies that make a powerful impact on students.

Hosted by the Milken Family Foundation in Santa Monica, CA, this spring, the Forum will celebrate, elevate and activate the newest class of Milken Educator Award recipients. The program will range from plenary sessions addressing broad issues facing educators today to small group discussions, and culminate with the presentation of the $25,000 Milken Educator Awards to honorees at a recognition dinner and ceremony.

Coverage of Christensen receiving the award:

KSFY: "Sioux Falls Teacher Receives $25,000 Surprise"

Argus Leader "Washington teacher gets $25,000 national award"

Argus Leader "Editorial: Dedication of all teachers reflected in honoring of one" 

KELO-TV "Sioux Falls Teacher Receives Milken Award"