Nathan Yaussy is a ninth and tenth grade biology and life science teacher at Fairport Harding Early College High School in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. At an all-school assembly for what was supposed to focus on the school’s early college model, Nathan was caught completely by surprise when State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria joined National Institute for Excellence in Teaching CEO Dr. Candice McQueen to present him with the Milken Educator Award and its $25,000 cash prize. Nathan is the sole Ohio recipient of the 2019-20 Milken Educator Award this season and the first from the district.
The Milken Educator Awards was conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession. It is the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program, hailed as the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher magazine. For more than three decades, the Milken Family Foundation has devoted over $140 million in funding to the Milken Educator Awards, including $70 million in individual Awards to more than 2,800 recipients plus powerful professional learning opportunities and networking with leading education stakeholders.