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
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
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.