Krista Trent, 2010 graduate of Ohio Dominican University, is one of only 40 teachers across the nation – and the only teacher in Ohio – to receive the 2018-19 Milken Educator Award, which includes an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Trent, who earned her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from ODU, teaches fourth-grade mathematics at Thornville Elementary School in Thornville, Ohio.
Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, and Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President, Dr. Jane Foley, surprised Trent with the award at an all-school assembly held at Thornville Elementary on Oct. 18.
“I am thrilled to honor Krista,” said DeMaria. “She exemplifies what it means to be an amazing teacher – she inspires hope, ignites imagination and instills in her students a love of learning that will last forever.”
Trent’s classes regularly score at the top of the Northern Local School District on state and value-added assessments. She also attended specialized training to enable her to serve gifted students for enrichment without having them pulled out of class. In addition to teaching mathematics, she serves on both the school’s leadership team and on its Positivity Project Leadership Team, which is designed to help build good character in students, the school and the community.
Trent will receive membership into the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.
For more information on Ohio Dominican’s Education offerings, including available bachelor’s and master’s degrees, licensures, and endorsements, visit ohiodominican.edu/Teach.
About the Milken Educator Awards
The very first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation over 30 years ago in 1987. The Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. For more than three decades, the Milken Family Foundation has devoted over $138 million in funding to the Milken Educator Awards, including $68 million in individual Awards to more than 2,700 recipients plus powerful professional learning opportunities and networking with leading education stakeholders.
About Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.