ONeill picks up national educator award in California
Honored - Forest Grove principal, Roosevelt High teacher rewarded for expertise
Forest Grove High School Principal John O'Neill was one of two Oregon educators who received a $25,000 check and a national education award March 30 in Los Angeles.
Dressed in a black and white tuxedo for the evening gala at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in Los Angeles, O'Neill accepted his check and a handshake from Milken Education Foundation co-founders Lowell and Mike Milken.
He learned of the award during a schoolwide assembly at FGHS in January. The other Oregon recipient was Elisa Schorr-Winger, a wellness education teacher at Roosevelt High School in Portland.
Hailed as the 'Oscars of Teaching,' the Milken Foundation awards were established in 1987. They represent the largest teacher recognition program in the United States, having recognized 2,300 teachers with over $58 million in unrestricted cash awards.
Panelists at the 2008 conference included Kerri Briggs, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, and William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education.