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NEW: Johnston Resident Borden Receives Milken Educator Award

Thursday, October 15, 2015

 

Kendra Borden, an English teacher at Samuel Slater Junior High in Pawtucket, has been named the Rhode Island winner of the 2015 Milken Educator Award. The award carries and unrestricted cash award of $25,000.

“In Rhode Island, we have some of the best teachers and principals in America. Just last week, Cumberland High School Principal Alan Tenreiro was named National Principal of the Year, and today’s selection of Kendra Borden as winner of a Milken Educator Award is further recognition of some of the great teaching and learning that takes place in our schools every day. Educators like Alan and Kendra work hard to provide our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college and in challenging careers. I congratulate Kendra Borden on her receiving this significant honor," said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

Kendra Borden

Borden is a graduate of Rhode Island College and has been at Samuel Slater for seven years. Borden is also the credit-recovery coordinator for the school, the facilitator of the Positive Intervention and Support Team, a member of the Building Leadership Team and the Curriculum Writing Team.

“In her seven years in the teaching profession, Kendra Borden has earned respect and admiration from her colleagues and from her students. This award she has received today, along with the Blue Ribbon recently awarded to the Francis J. Varieur School, shows that there’s good work going on in the Pawtucket schools. Congratulations to Pawtucket educators, particularly to Kendra Borden, on your commitment to great teaching and learning," said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Borden lives in Johnston.

The Milken Educator Award

The Milken Educator Awards program provides recognition and unrestricted financial awards of $25,000 to exceptional elementary-and secondary-school teachers, principals, and specialists who  are furthering excellence in American schools. This year, the Milken Family Foundation will honor up to 40 educators.

Every year, exceptional educators are surprised with the news of their $25,000 awards, which they can use in any way they chose. Rhode Island joined the program in 1990, and to date 74 Rhode Island educators have received Milken Educator Awards.

 

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