Milken Award Winner

EAST LANSING, Mich., January 14, 2014 -- Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) will have a special guest for Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech Thursday evening. Mark Julien, an English and Language Arts teacher at Henry Ford II High School and the 2013 Michigan recipient of the Milken Educator Award is the honored guest.

The Milken Educator Award is the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program. Established in 1985 with the motto “The Future Belongs to the Educated,” along with a $25,000 award, the program provides public recognition to outstanding K-12 teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients, who are confidentially recommended by a blue ribbon panel of a state’s department of education, are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.

Known for his creativity, compassion, drive, diplomatic and data tracking skills and inspiring leadership style, Mark Julien is known as a “rising star” at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights. At Ford—where he teaches subjects such as Advanced Placement English literature and composition, Honors English and 10th-grade English, and is a popular varsity baseball coach—Julien is known as a teacher whom students returning from college love to visit. Julien uses the best research-based practices, assiduously tracks the progress of his students and studies the data to learn what approaches work best. An advocate of blended learning, Julien has students watch videos of his lessons at home, freeing up classroom time for discussion, while making himself available to students online around the clock. He also makes parents feel involved and respected in the education of their children, making presentations to them throughout the school year.

“I feel overwhelmingly humbled,” said Julien when he was presented the Milken Educator Award in front of an excited school wide assembly in October.

Although the Milken Award is always presented as a surprise to an unsuspecting teacher, it should come as no surprise that teachers like Mark Julien make all the difference in their students’ lives.

Contact: Nancy Knight, MEA Director of Communications and Public Policy, 517-337-5508