Buckhannon, WV—Brian Allman ‘07, a social studies teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, was named the West Virginia’s 2019-2020 Milken Educator Award today at a special assembly at the school that included First Lady Cathy Justice and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine. The award was presented by Dr. Candice McQueen, the National Institute for Excellence Teaching Chief Executive Officer.
For 30 years, the Milken Educator Awards, an initiative of the Milken Foundation, have rewarded and inspired excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards. Not an accolade for “lifetime achievement” or the proverbial gold watch at the exit door, the Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive credentials and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.
To date, more than 2,800 Awards have been given out, totaling $70 million. The one-time award is just the beginning. Milken Educators are given access to powerful networking and development tools throughout their careers in education. When combined, more than $138 million has been devoted to the overall program.
Allman, like all recipients, was caught by surprise when his name was announced at today’s assembly in front of cheering students, proud colleagues, distinguished officials, and the media. Teacher magazine calls the award the “Oscars of Teaching.”
Allman, a graduate of Lewis County High School, earned his bachelor of arts in secondary education from Wesleyan and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.