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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2005

Teacher Delora Taylor Washington awarded $25,000 from Milken Family Foundation

A Corliss High School teacher was awarded $25,000 today (Monday, Oct. 24) from the Milken Family Foundation in recognition of her outstanding efforts in the field of education.

To simply say that Delora Taylor Washington teaches math is a serious understatement.
She has an innate ability to recognize exactly what her student's need whether it's more challenging work or extra help. Delora doesn't wait for students to come to her she is always one step ahead of them when it comes to helping them become successful learners.

It is this dedication to her students that led the Corliss High School teacher to be selected as one of three Illinois teachers to receive the Milken National Educator award. The award is given annually to teachers demonstrating exemplary teaching skills and personal commitment to education.

Washington's teaching talents are so outstanding that students who don't have her as a teacher frequently choose to sit in on one of her tutoring sessions because of the way she explains things. She will hold these sessions before school, after school, on her lunch break, whenever her students need her she is there.

Colleagues also look to her for ideas and teaching strategies. She's the math department chair and as such she challenges staff members to work at higher levels. Washington believes that collaboration is the key to a successful department and working together for the common goal of improving learning reinforces the belief that helping students is the number one priority. Delora leads by example and she has a positive impact on everyone she works with. As one of her fellow teachers said, "Delora consistently goes above and beyond to help students and staff. Whatever she says she will do, she does. Everyone knows they can count on Ms. Washington."

Washington now becomes one of 99 Illinois teachers and principals who have received the Milken National Educator Award. The prestigious award not only brings national recognition but each winner receives $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation which they can use for any purpose.

This year, 100 teachers in 48 states and the District of Columbia will receive Milken awards. To date, the Foundation has honored a total of more than 2100 educators, and distributed more than $54 million in awards.

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