Katie McQuone is surprised with her Milken Educator Award Tuesday in Fresno. Photo via Milken Family Foundation

published on December 10, 2019 - 2:18 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A Fresno high school teacher is one of up to 40 educators in the U.S. to win a special award from the Milken Family Foundation that comes with a $25,000 prize.

Katie McQuone is a video production instructor at Sunnyside High School, and has had some of her students hired by TV stations right out of her class. Her students help out in the community by documenting school plays, covering local sporting events, producing local news and highlighting area attractions. Her students’ work has won awards and also earned them college credit.

McQuone was surprised with the award — $25,000 with no strings attached — Tuesday during a school assembly.

The Milken Educator Awards have been called the “Oscars of Teaching,” and are meant to not only reward great teachers, but also “celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding American’s next generation of leaders,” according to a news release.

McQuone is a former Sunnyside video production student herself, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and electronic media in 2009 from San Francisco State University.

“Katie McQuone is a super star in our District,” said Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Bob Nelson, in a statement “She gives selflessly to better Sunnyside High School and provide amazing opportunities for our students. We’re thrilled that her hard work and dedication is being recognized nationally through the Milken Family Foundation and we can’t wait to see what’s next for Katie and her students!”

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