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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Coffman Congratulates Aurora Teacher on Prestigious Education Award

Oct 26, 2016
Press Release

Aurora, CO -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today congratulated Jennie Schmaltz, a third grade teacher and an instructional coach for other teachers at Elkhart Elementary School in Aurora, CO, on winning the Milken Educator Award. Dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Award recognizes outstanding teachers nationwide for their dedication to learning. The recognition comes with a $25,000 award and surprise reveal at a school assembly.


Coffman joined with Lowell Milken and Bonnie Somers of the Milken Family Foundation, Colleen O’Neill, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Education, Rico Munn, the District Superintendent, and hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, to attend a surprise Milken Educator Awards presentation at Elkhart Elementary recognizing third grade teacher Jennie Schmaltz and her dedication to education. Coffman offered congratulatory remarks.


“Teachers are critical to the success of our nation’s young people,” said Coffman. “I congratulate Jennie for winning this award that recognizes the contributions she has made to improving the education of our community’s children.”



According to the Milken Family Foundation, “The majority of the teachers she supports saw a classroom growth average in the 65th percentile or above in aimsweb assessments. This is despite multiple challenges, including parent deaths, learning disabilities, and a high number of English Language Learners.… During Schmaltz's tenure, Elkhart has moved from a low rating on the state's School Performance Framework to meeting or exceeding the top status level of statewide attainment.”


Read more about Schmaltz here and watch the award reveal here.