Alumna receives prestigious Milken Educator Award

Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:40:00 PM

Sarah Berndt, who graduated in May 2004 with a B.S. in Elementary Education, is a recipient of one of the 2013 Milken Educator Awards.

The Milken Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country. The prize, an unrestricted $25,000 award, was the only one awarded in the state of Wisconsin this year. 

According to its website, the award is "not an accolade for 'lifetime achievement' or the proverbial gold watch at the exit door; the Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future."

Berndt is a teacher at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School in Milwaukee, where she teaches ninth-grade Spanish and an introductory international baccalaureate class.

Tony Evers, state superintendent of public instruction and Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Award, presented the award Oct. 2. 

This has been an impressive year of recognition for graduates of Stritch's College of Education and Leadership. Pewaukee Schools Superintendent and Stritch alumna JoAnn Sternke was named Wisconsin's 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Sternke earned her doctoral degree in leadership at Stritch, and she also serves as a faculty member and site coordinator for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership and District Administrator Licensure programs.

Read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about Berndt's recent recognition.