2014 Milken Educator Award Winner in Ohio

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program honors 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. Each Milken Educator receives an unrestricted award of $25,000.

Jessica Tsoufiou, a fourth-grade science and math teacher at Frazer Elementary School in the Plain Local School District district, became Ohio's 2014 Milken National Educator Award winner in December.  She joins more than 2,600 educators from across the country who have received this designation since 1987.

Sixty-four Ohio teachers have been honored with the award since Ohio joined the program in 1992. Our state's recipients from the past several years are described below. In addition, read about more winners by choosing the state and the year in the dropdown boxes on the Milken Family Foundation website.  

[Biographies and photos below are courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation. Biographies were current at the time of the awards. For Biographies of past winners please visit our Previous Milken Educator Award Winner webpage.]

2014 Milken Educator

Jessica Tsoufiou

Jessica Tsoufiou is a quiet force at Frazer Elementary, and her effectiveness is evident in her fourth-grade math and science students’ outstanding achievement and in the admiration and gratitude she elicits from colleagues and parents.

Tsoufiou’s students are the direct beneficiaries of her hard work and cross-disciplinary approach to teaching. In 2013, 92 percent of Tsoufiou’s math students scored Proficient or above and 70 percent ranked Accelerated/Advanced, and similar results are characteristic of her classroom. She works with students to create specific and challenging learning goals, supports their efforts with patience and warmth, and models her own love of learning to inspire students and parents alike to work as hard as she does.

Tsoufiou is an Ohio Department of Education Master Teacher and a sought-out mentor and collaborator by colleagues thanks to her talent for adopting effective and creative approaches to presenting material. For example, she has been awarded several Arts in Stark grants to bring artists into her classroom so students can engage in foundational math and science concepts through art experiences. She also participates in the enriching “Eagle Eye” program, partnering with a sixth grade teacher in Cawood, England. Together, they plan a year-long program that has students read common material, collaborate on projects and presentations, and interact regularly over Skype to enrich shared curriculum. This commitment to cross-disciplinary and inventive teaching methods enables Tsoufiou to reach every student in her room.

For more information about the award's history, goals and recipients, and to see photos of this year's national conference and award winners, visit the Milken Family Foundation website.  


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