Arizona Education Association

Spring 2018

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24 ADVOCATE | SPRING 2018 Strong Student Reactions Earn Tucson Teacher Jonathan Cadena a $25,000 Milken Educator Award F or high school science teacher Jonathan Cadena, it's all about getting a reaction, a chemical reaction, from his students. A teacher at Tucson's Desert View High School, Cadena's classes are experimental in every sense of the word. Not only are students doing chemical experiments in class, but he's constantly engaging them in the larger experiment that is life itself. Yet it was Cadena who was a component in an exciting mixture the morning of January 18, at a surprise school assembly where he was presented with a prestigious Milken Educator Award by Superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District Steven Holmes and Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken. Cadena, a member of the Sunnyside Education Association, was named a 2017-18 recipient of the national recognition, which comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. He is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Arizona this year, and is among the 44 honorees for 2017-18.

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