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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2005

Bloomington High School teacher awarded $25,000 from Milken Family Foundation

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

In five short years, Andrew Moore has made a huge impact on students, parents, and his colleagues at Bloomington High School. Described as an innovative, energetic, and enthusiastic teacher, Moore became one of three Illinois teachers to receive the Milken National Educator Award at a surprise presentation on Monday.

Moore's talents as a teacher seem limitless. He writes curriculum and was selected to teach an Algebra re-learn course after the school lost funding. Despite his youth, Moore is recognized as a teacher who truly makes a difference.

When working with at-risk students, Moore seeks out the parents and incorporates them into programs that will help their children learn. He understands the crucial role that parents play in students becoming successful learners and he emphasizes that role by encouraging their participation.

His colleagues also realize Moore's potential and his natural leadership abilities. He has been instrumental in developing a math ACT/PSAE review program for the department which has been very beneficial for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. He also assisted in creating a local assessment with math questions from all disciplines, to serve as a baseline data collection device for incoming freshmen that measures match achievement and progress.

According to Moore's colleagues, he is never satisfied with his teaching abilities; "he's always reinventing and recreating, doing whatever he believes will help students." He also serves as freshman football coach and as a youth minister in his church. It is said that no matter what hat he is wearing, Andrew consistently exhibits the same high level of professionalism.

Moore embodies the outstanding type of teacher the Milken Family Foundation seeks for their Milken National Educator Award. The prestigious award is given annually to teachers demonstrating exemplary teaching skills and personal commitment to education. Each winner receives $25,000 from the Foundation that 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 Milken Family Foundation has honored a total of more than 2100 educators, and distributed more than $54 million in awards. Ninety-nine Illinois teachers and principals have received the Milken National Educator award since its inception.

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