Local Teacher earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Local Teacher gets $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 9:32 PM PST
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Liz Barnum is a third-grade teacher at Katherine Dunn Elementary School in Sparks, and on Tuesday she got quite the surprise.

Barnum was presented with a $25,000 check as a recipient of the Milken Educator Award for 2022-23. Milken officials joined Governor Joe Lombardo and Washoe County School District officials for a special assembly at Katherine Dunn Elementary.

“I’m excited, I’m excited for what the future holds for me and just the field of education and striving to find solutions and just ways to better children’s lives,” said Barnum.

Barnum is one of three teachers in the state and one of two in Sparks to receive the honor. She is one of 40 elementary school educators, nationwide, selected this year.

As far as what she plans on doing with some of the prize money, Barnum says she will probably use some of that award money to take her family to Disneyland.

To view Liz Barnum’s Milken Educator Award page profile, click here.