The Milken Family Foundation presented Amber Dortch, a 2005 College of William and Mary alum, with a Milken Educator Award and $25,000 December 11 to spend however she wishes. She received her master’s in educational policy, planning and leadership.
Amber Dortch is principal of Hugo A. Owens Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. She was surprised with the Award before Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steven R. Staples, Secretary of Education Anne Holton, cheering colleagues and students, dignitaries and the media. Amber’s event was part of the Milken Family Foundation’s national tour surprising outstanding educators with the Milken Educator Award and its accompanying unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. The Foundation only honors up to 40 recipients every year.
Photos and a video from the event can be found here.
Details of the day’s incredible festivities can be found in the release here.