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April 2008

Release Date: April 14, 2008

ASU Alumnus Wins National Milken Educator Award

A 1996 Angelo State University mathematics graduate is among 75 teachers nationwide to receive the 2008 Milken Educator Award for outstanding kindergarten through 12th grade teachers.

Daniel Uyechi, a math specialist at Sierra Middle School in Parker, Colo., received $25,000 at a March 30 ceremony during the Milken National Education Conference in Los Angeles. “Teacher” magazine dubbed the event the “Oscars of teaching.”

According to the Milken Family Foundation Web site, Uyechi was honored for helping improve student performance on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) by implementing a strategy called “Power of Pairs,” in which highly successful Algebra I students are paired during the school’s extended learning time with students who need tutoring in Pre-Algebra.

Uyechi also collaborated with his school’s literacy teacher to develop reading strategies for students with deficient literacy skills. His students consistently achieve high scores on the district-wide end-of-year algebra assessment, according to the Milken Web site.

As chair of the school’s math department for two years, Uyechi led teachers in developing universal standards-based assessments and a curriculum map to align the curriculum at Sierra. He was subsequently appointed to lead a vertical math team to align the curriculum for all grades in the Parker feeder system.

The Milken Educator Awards, first presented in 1987, represent the largest teacher recognition program in the United States. More than 2,300 educators have received awards totaling more than $58 million since the award’s inception.