Bradley principal to receive $25,000 national Milken teaching award

October 9, 2001
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Springfield-Helping kids succeed is a common motto heard in schools across the country. However, for Steve Severson, principal of Bradley Middle School, it is way more than a motto—it is a way of life.

Severson is described as a “truly exceptional administrator,” by his colleagues. He is credited with creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and support that positively affects both the students and staff at Bradley Middle School.

His dedication and commitment to creating the best learning environment possible have now earned him national recognition as one of 120 educators nationwide to receive the Milken National Educator Award for 2001. Recipients of the Milken National Educator Award also receive $25,000 to be used in any manner they choose.

Severson truly fits the Milken mold.

“The Bradley Central staff is truly a ‘team in action’ with Steve as an active part of that team. His high expectations for student learning and achievement have helped Bradley Central become a model for other schools in the area,” wrote Judy Trumble, School Improvement Coordinator in a letter recommending Severson for this award.

Superintendent Gael Kent wrote that one of Steve’s greatest strengths is, “he addresses concerns in a forthright manner and is exceptional in dealing with parents, students, and staff.”

Severson began his career in education in 1986 as a science teacher. In 1991 he decided to follow his desire to have a bigger impact on students by becoming a principal. It was obviously the right choice for him based on the level of respect and admiration his staff, his supervisors, his students, and members of the community have for him.

His assistant principal Scott Goselin says that “while working with him, I have been continually impressed with his driving commitment to excellence, work ethic and knowledge of his profession. He never loses sight of students and their needs.”

Clearly, Steve Severson is not only helping kids succeed, he is helping education succeed.