The Milken Educator Awards honor the country’s top early- to mid-career educators. The awards are a thank you for what the educators have accomplished so far, but also, according to the foundation, “for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.”
Kwon’s students and co-workers piled so many congratulatory leis over her head that they stacked nearly to her nose. She called her husband, who seemed equally as shocked. “Wow,” was about all he could muster. And then she called her mother and told her about the windfall in her family’s native Korean.
Kwon can spend the money any way she pleases.