North Royalton educator presented Milken Educator Award
In a surprise announcement during a school assembly last week, Sarah Franko, a fifth-grade science teacher at North Royalton Middle School, received a Milken Educator Award. The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards Program honors outstanding teachers and administrators in 48 states 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.
The first year that Franko taught fifth-grade science, her inquiry-based instructional approach resulted in her students’ science scores jumping from 76 to 86 percent. As fifth-grade team coordinator, she developed an online virtual space to bring parents closer to their child’s schoolwork and activities. A mentor of beginning teachers, she serves on the school’s Resident Educator committee, and its Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction committee. See more information about Franko and about the Milken National Educator Awards on the department’s website.