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Media Memo: UW-Eau Claire Graduate Receives $25,000 Award/ National Education Honor

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: April 4, 2008

SUBJECT: UW-Eau Claire Graduate Receives $25,000 Award/ National Education Honor

A 1992 UW-Eau Claire education graduate who now teaches mathematics at a high school in Georgia recently won a national Milken Educator Award, which comes with a $25,000 award.

Wendy McCarron, a teacher at Northview High School in Duluth, Ga., was among the 75 outstanding educators from across the nation who received a Milken Educator Award during a gala March 30 in Los Angeles.

Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of the teacher education program in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire, describes the Milken Award as the "highest honor in education."

According to her profile on the Milken Educator Awards Web site, McCarron has helped improve instruction for students across multiple grade levels at Northview High School in Duluth and its feeder schools throughout the district. Her contributions helped Northview achieve the state's highest math SAT scores in 2006. A former consultant with The College Board, McCarron is also co-author of a workbook on teaching strategies for geometry.

First presented in 1987, the Milken Educator Awards represent the largest teacher recognition program in the U.S., having bestowed more than 2,300 exceptional educations with over $58 million in unrestricted cash awards.

McCarron is the second UW-Eau Claire graduate to receive a Milken award in recent years. In 2003, James Doucette, a 1987 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, received the honor. He received a UW-Eau Claire Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 2004.

For additional information about the award, see the Milken Family Foundation Web site.

Dr. Watson is available to talk about the significance of the award as well as how UW-Eau Claire prepares future teachers to be leaders in the teaching profession. You can reach him at 715-836-2013 or watsondc@uwec.edu.

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