West Orange teacher receives national teaching award

Published on Friday, November 4, 2011

Milken Educator AwardsFrank Iannucci, West Orange Education Association member and  teacher of math and computer science, has received the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

In a surprise ceremony at West Orange High School on Nov. 4, Milken Foundation co-founder Michael Milken presented the award to Iannucci along with students, teachers and officials who gathered for celebration. The event is part of the Milken Family Foundation's 25th Annual National Notifications tour honoring outstanding educators across the nation.

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards provide public recognition and financial rewards to outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals.

Iannucci has nine years experience in education. He has taught in the West Orange School District for five years, and previously taught in Bloomfield and Ridgefield Park.  He holds a BS and MA from Montclair State University.

Dubbed the 'Oscars of teaching' by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards program recognizes the importance of outstanding educators and encourages talented people to enter the teaching profession.  Unlike most teaching awards, the Milken Educator Awards have no formal nomination or application process.  Each year, exceptional teachers, principals, and specialists - recommended without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by each state's department of education - are surprised with the news of their awards. 

New Jersey joined the Milken Educator Awards program in 2002 and there have been 20 NJ recipients since program began in New Jersey. So far, $500,000 has been awarded in New Jersey.

Additional information about the award can be found at Milken Family Foundation.


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