ESU grad wins Milken Educator Award Featured

Carly Bowden (right) reacts after learning she was honored with the Milken Educator Award. Carly Bowden (right) reacts after learning she was honored with the Milken Educator Award. Milken Foundation photo

An Emporia State graduate has received a national award for her work in the classroom.


Carly Bowden, a seventh-grade math teacher in Andover, was recently honored with the Milken Educator Award. Bowden received her bachelor's degree in middle school math education from ESU in 2015 and was honored by the Milken Foundation for several things, including her ability to create projects that reflect how math is used in the real world, her ability to develop relationships and her use of social media to connect with parents and her community.

The program, founded by Lowell and Michael Milken, has been in place since 1987 and honors teachers in the early to middle stages of their careers both for what they have already accomplished and what they may accomplish in the future. To date, the program has recognized over 2,800 teachers nationwide and handed out over $70 million.

Bowden receives $25,000 as part of the award and is now included in the National Milken Educator Network dedicated to strengthening education at all levels. Click here for the link to Bowden's information page.

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