JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin teacher receives a prestigious award for his work with high school students. Tobin Schultz was presented with the 2013 Missouri Milken Educator Award. The award is one of education's most prestigious recognition's, and comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Schultz teaches social studies and is a coach for the 7th & 8th grade football team.
He is also the coordinator of the school's Link Crew, a program where juniors and seniors mentor freshmen. During the 2012-2013 school year, freshman attendance rose by 50% compared to the previous year, and the number of "F's" given declined by 42%. School officials say Schultz's work with the mentor program has played a big part in the positive changes.
"He is an outstanding instructional teacher. He's a great mentor to other teachers and he is invested in this community. All of those three elements are the signs of a great teacher," said Lowell Milken, Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder.
"To be honest, I just do my job, and I try to do it to the best of the ability that I can. But the honor and the recognition is nice. Like I said, it's overwhelming, it's humbling, but it's not expected. What I expect is to recognize students and what they do on a daily basis," said Tobin Schultz, Milken Award Winner.
Recipients are selected during their early to mid career for what they've achieved, and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Only 40 Milken Awards were given in the U.S. this year. Mr. Schultz was the only recipient in Missouri.
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