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Joplin teacher wins Milken Educator Award "Oscar of Teaching" & $25,000.00



  Teachers often sacrifice for their profession, but one is going home with a $25-thousand dollar check today.       
     A Joplin High School teacher is the winner of the Milken  Family Foundation Educator Award. 

It came at a surprise assembly with singing, flags and a crowd of hundreds of students.
Lowell Milken himself announced,  what's been deemed the Oscar of teaching with a $25 thousand dollar no strings attached cash prize.
Milken says the drama and hoopla are for the kids. He says, "To capture the attention of the students, so the students will understand that greatness in education  could be recognized too."  
 It's recognition for Tobin Schultz, an 11 year teacher of  social studies who also coaches football. Schultz is the only winner in the state of Missouri. Schultz says, "Its just a tremendous and  a humbling honor."  
Milken says the award is given to teachers early in their careers to help them grow and create benefits for students. And honors things Schultz has already accomplished. 
Milken says, "We chose him because he is an individual who is truly preparing his students with the skills and knowledge and experiences to move on to the next stage in life. And you can't ask anything more of an educator."

Schultz created the link crew,  a mentoring program in which juniors and seniors help freshman transition into high school and says he's also helping students become leaders  with real world public speaking.  
  Schultz  credits a supportive family, fellow teachers and dedicated students  but when pressed shares what makes him unique. He says, "I have drive and I have a vision for  an awesome future for all the students.  If there is one thing I want all my students to know and that I try to convey to them,  is  that I believe in them  that they have the potential.   That they can do it, yes it may be difficult.  Sometimes you're gonna go though struggles but you're going to make it and you're going to be successful." 
Milken says the honor and money give teachers a platform they didn't previously have and connects them with 2600 other honorees so they can share successful strategies in helping students. 


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