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Hawai’i’s Milken winner one of only 33 nationwide

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Well-wishers surround Ala Wai teacher Sara King as the state's Milken winner.

Well-wishers surround Ala Wai teacher Sara King as the state’s Milken winner.

This year’s winner of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award actually helped plan her own Feb. 5 school assembly — without realizing it was all for her. Governor Ige had the honor of making the surprise announcement of Sara King, Ala Wai Elementary’s Title I coordinator, as the recipient of the coveted award while students and colleagues applauded and cheered.

Every year the Milken Family Foundation honors educators nationwide as a way to elevate the profession. King is one of just 33 named this year in the U.S. and the only one in the state. The recipients don’t even know they have been nominated until the award is announced. King was described as a leader and a mentor who focuses on helping children schoolwide reach their potential. Principal Michelle DeBusca said in a Honolulu Star-Advertiser interview, “(Sara’s) all heart and loves her children. What makes her special is she’s always helping her colleagues.”


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