St. Francisville teacher receives $25,000 Milken Award

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One Louisiana teacher was recognized for her accomplishments on Thursday morning. 

Stephanie Whetstone is a fifth grade teacher at St. Francisville’s Bains Elementary School and she was the recepient of the 2018-2019 Milken Educator Award. 

Whetstone teaches both math and science at the school and according to the Milken Educator Awards, the educator is “the first from West Feliciana Parish Schools in the Award’s 30-year history.”

The St. Francisville’s Bains Elementary School teacher receives $25,000 in cash and these individuals were present at today’s event: 

  • First Lady Donna Edwards
  • State Assistant Superintendent Hannah Dietsch
  • West Feliciana Parish Schools Superintendent Hollis Milton
  • Faculty
  • Colleagues
  • Students
  • Community leaders

“Stephanie Whetstone has a gift for reaching the whole child, and she infuses her passion for real-world learning in everything she does,” said Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley, herself a Milken Educator (IN ’94) who traveled from California to make the announcement. “Stephanie’s students will know how to meet the demands of today’s global economy and understand the value of being responsible, caring and respectful citizens. Stephanie’s leadership and ability to connect with colleagues, students and parents alike make her a valuable asset to Bains and the broader community. I look forward to her contributions to the Milken Educator Network of excellence.”

Whetstone is one of 33 educators throughout the United States who are receiving the 2018-2019 Milken Educator Award.

“It’s our responsibility to build a strong academic foundation, particularly in core subjects like math and science, to help our students achieve lifelong success. Stephanie Whetstone is helping her students do this every day,” said Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White. “We are proud to call her a Louisiana educator.”

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