MAIZE — Jeanie Padron, a fourth-grade teacher at Maize Central Elementary School, was named a Milken National Educator this morning in a surprise ceremony at the school.
Padron received a cash award of $25,000 and a paid trip to Los Angeles to participate in the Milken Educator Forum held in the spring.
"I feel blessed to just go to a job every day that I really feel called to do," she said. "Every morning I wake up and think, 'I really have the best job in the world.' "
Padron was unaware she was being considered for the award until Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Family Foundation, announced her name during an all-school assembly. Padron is one of 55 educators around the country — and the only one in Kansas — to earn the distinction this year.