Kendra Borden, a Pawtucket junior high school English teacher is Rhode Island's winner of the 2015 Milken Educator Award.
Borden received the award in a ceremony at Slater Junior High School on Wednesday, where state education officials described her as a dedicated, urban teacher with a positive influence on students and teachers.
“Kendra Borden has earned respect and admiration from her colleagues and from her students,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, in a written statement. “This award she has received today, along with the Blue Ribbon recently awarded to the Francis J. Varieur School, shows that there’s good work going on in the Pawtucket schools."
Borden is a graduate of Rhode Island College, who has spent her seven-year teaching career at Samuel Slater Junior High. She has also written curriculum for the school and worked as a writing teacher for the College Crusade, a nonprofit organization that encourages promising, low-income students to go to college.
The Milken Educator Award comes with a $25,000 cash prize. Milken officials cited Borden's collaborative approach to teaching and lively classroom discussions in giving the award.