Luis Munoz Marin teacher receives Milken Award

(Plain Press, November 2005) Lisa Suarez-Caraballo, a teacher at the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Luis Munoz Marin Middle School at 1701 Castle Ave, was one of three Ohio teachers to receive a $25,000 National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. 100 such awards were given nationwide. In addition to the unrestricted financial award, each honoree will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual Milken National Education Conference in May 2006.

 Suarez-Caraballo, an eighth-grade mathematics teacher, and educator for the past 13 years, uses differentiated instruction strategies to ensure that her lessons are appropriate for each child in her classroom. According to Suarez Caraballo’s peers, her classroom serves as a model, and administrators from across the district frequently send other mathematics teachers to observe and learn from her.

 In addition to the enthusiasm and commitment she brings to her classroom Suarez-Caraballo volunteers twice a week on her lunch hour at Lincoln West High School, 3202 W. 30th, to tutor students that she taught as middle school students. Suarez-Caraballo also has participated in the Annual Bilingual and Multicultural Education Conference in Cleveland for the past 11 years; presented various mathematical workshops both within and outside of her districts; served as a NASA Educator Astronaut Teacher in 2004; and is a district mathematics mentor.

 The Milken family created the National Educator Awards to reward, retain and attract outstanding teachers and school administrators. Teacher Magazine has described the awards as the “Oscars of Teaching.” Since its inception in 1985, The Milken Family Foundation has presented more than $54 million to more that 2,100 outstanding educators.

       An independent blue ribbon panel, appointed by each state’s department of education, recommends recipients to the Milken Family Foundation. Criteria for the award include: exceptional educational talent, as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession; outstanding accomplishment and strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.


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