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Bellevue Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award

OLYMPIA — January 7, 2016 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn and other special guests made a surprise appearance this morning in Bellevue at International School’s schoolwide assembly.

Students and faculty packed the gym and watched as Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President Jane Foley, PhD, announced that International School’s science teacher Ryan Lafferty is Washington’s 2015–16 Milken Educator Award recipient. He joins up to 40 of America’s most outstanding educators who will receive the honor this year. Lafferty is the only Washington recipient. The national recognition comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.

In addition to State Superintendent Dorn, on hand to add their congratulations were Bellevue School District Superintendent Justin (Tim) Mills, EdD; Bellevue City Council Member Conrad Lee; and Bellevue School District Board of Directors members Chris Marks, My-Linh Thai and Carolyn Watson.

“Mr. Lafferty inspires his students every day,” said Dorn. “His upbeat attitude and project-based approach create an energized learning environment that supports a love of learning.”

Lafferty’s classes are in demand and his students earn high marks on exams. He is a National Honors Society advisor, serves on the school’s middle and high science clubs and travels to the state science bowl. He is also committed to enhancing social emotional learning, interdepartmental collaboration and professional communication.

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