UNCW Alumna Jessica Barnette Named a National Milken Educator Award Winner

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Jessica Barnette ’15, ’18M received a $25,000 check yesterday – a gift that comes with being named a national Milken Educator Award winner. She is among up to 40 elementary educators across the nation who will receive the Milken award during the 2022-23 school year.

Now in her seventh year of teaching, all at Pender County’s Rocky Point Elementary School, Barnette has established herself at the school as a leader both inside the classroom and out for the strength of her instruction, the relationships she forges with her students and their families and her collaborative support for her fellow educators.

The Milken Family Foundation bestows the award annually to recognize exceptional early-to-mid career education professionals. Candidates for the award are identified through a confidential selection process and then reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. Those most exceptional are recommended for the award, with final approval by the Milken Family Foundation.

“Seeing success in one grade is tremendous, but Jessica’s excellent teaching skills have helped bring growth to her class of early learners in both kindergarten and first grade – a significant feat!” said Bishop, herself a 2001 Virginia Milken Educator. “We are proud of everything Jessica has done in her career and look forward to seeing her reach even greater heights.”

Read the full story on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

Jessica Barnette and her class hold the large check
Photo credit: Bill Sterrett