The Minnesota Department of Education announced today that Seth Brown, a middle school math teacher at Wayzata West Middle School, was honored by the Milken Family Foundation with a Milken Educator Award, one of the education's most prestigious recognitions.
Brown was honored at a routine schoolwide assembly that turned into a surprise ceremony. He is known for his expertise as a mathematics teacher and for the creative use of technology in his classroom.
The Milken Educator award, known as "the Oscars of Teaching," recognizes the importance of outstanding educators and encourages talented young people to enter the teaching profession. It comes with a $25,000 prize.
“Teachers like Seth that consistently go above and beyond in their classrooms are true heroes in every sense of the word,” said Commissioner Cassellius. "It’s wonderful to be a part of honoring Seth’s remarkable achievements as a world-class educator, and to acknowledge the positive impact he has had on his students, in his school and on the profession of teaching.”
The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that Governor Dayton has declared October Safe Routes to School Month to highlight the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Research shows that kids who walk or bicycle to school are healthier and arrive more focused and ready to learn.
Across Minnesota, Safe Routes to School is a growing movement that has more than 115 schools reaching more than 78,000 students and staff to support more active and healthier lifestyles.
Minnesota's Commissioners of Health, Education and Transportation spoke out on the issue: