Tennessee Assistant Principal Wins Prestigious Milken Award

Abbey Kidwell of Clinton Elementary receives the Milken Educator Award.

The Tennessee Department of Education announced today that Abbey Kidwell, an Assistant Principal at Clinton Elementary School in the Clinton City Schools district, has been honored with the Milken Educator Award, often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching.” This prestigious accolade recognizes Kidwell’s exceptional contribution and leadership in the field of education.

Commissioner Lizzette Reynolds extended her congratulations to Kidwell, highlighting the award as a reflection of her significant impact on students, the community, and the education profession at large. Kidwell’s approach to education is characterized by her hands-on involvement and innovative methods in coaching both students and teachers, thereby demonstrating exemplary instructional leadership.

Kelly Johnson, the Director of Schools for the Clinton City School District, expressed pride in Kidwell’s achievement, noting her pivotal role in fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement at Clinton Elementary School. Johnson praised Kidwell’s advocacy for students and staff, as well as her dedication to advancing educational best practices.

The Milken Educator Awards, established in 1987, aim to attract, reward, and retain top educators by recognizing their achievements and potential for future success. Recipients of this award receive $25,000 as an unrestricted gift. Since Tennessee’s participation began in 1992, 73 educators from the state have been honored with the Milken award, sharing over $1.8 million in recognition of their contributions to education.

For more information about Abbey Kidwell and the Milken Educator Awards, visit the official Milken Educator Awards website. Media inquiries regarding this announcement can be directed to the Tennessee Department of Education at Edu.MediaInquiries@tn.gov.

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