2018 Ohio Milken Educator Award winner named
Teacher Krista Trent, from Thornville Elementary in Thornville, experienced the honor of a lifetime when she received the Milken National Educator Award last Thursday. Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley — introduced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria in front of a schoolwide assembly of faculty, students and visiting dignitaries — made the surprise announcement.
Trent, who teaches fourth-grade math, insists that the word “can’t” doesn't exist in her vocabulary — not for her and not for her students. She uses her passion for teaching, high expectations and a keen sense of humor to push her students to make great gains in her class. Trent focuses on building skills, not raising test scores, but naturally her student outcomes shine as her classes score at the top of the Northern Local School District on state and Value-Added assessments. Students leave Trent's classroom with the skills they need to succeed in higher grades, the desire to become lifelong learners and the understanding that working hard is a pathway to success.
Trent is the only Milken National Educator Award winner from Ohio, and she’s among up to 40 honorees nationwide to receive the prestigious recognition for 2018-2019. She is the first recipient from the Northern Local School District in the awards’ 30-year history.
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards honor outstanding teachers and administrators in 48 states, including Ohio and the District of Columbia. Awards are presented to elementary (grades K-5) and secondary (grades 6-12) school educators in alternate years. Additional award details and event photos are available here.