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Tacoma Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award

TACOMA — April 15, 2014 — U.S. Senator Patty Murray and other special guests made a surprise appearance this morning in Tacoma at Lincoln High School’s schoolwide assembly.

More than 1,400 students and faculty watched as Sen. Murray and Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder Mike Milken announced that Lincoln High School social studies teacher Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is Washington’s 2013-14 Milken Educator Award recipient. He joins up to 40 of America’s most outstanding secondary school educators who will receive the honor this year. Gibbs-Bowling is the only Washington recipient. The national recognition comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.

On hand to add their congratulations were Marcie Maxwell, Senior Policy Advisor on Education at Governor Jay Inslee’s office, Ken Kanikeberg, Chief of Staff, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Representative Jake Fey, 27th District, Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, and Carla Santorno, Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent.

“Mr. Gibbs-Bowling was a great choice for this award,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “He challenges his students and pushes them to work hard. And he gets results.”

Gibbs-Bowling is known as a demanding teacher. He is highly respected for his Advanced Placement Government and Advanced Placement Human Geography classes. His students skillfully re-argue famous Supreme Court cases where they develop their critical thinking, literacy and writing skills. An educator with high expectations for students at all levels, he is also an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher who presents a senior seminar on successful college applications.

Lincoln High School students come from diverse backgrounds. Gibbs-Bowling teaches students in the Lincoln Center program within the high school. Their graduation rate is 88 percent and 75 percent are accepted to college. Graduates have received more than $3 million in scholarships. Gibbs-Bowling lives in the community. He strives to prepare young adults who will return to support the neighborhood in which they grew up.

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