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Augsburg’s Jacki Brickman receives The Milken National Educator Award

Oct. 11, 2006

The Augsburg Education Department prepares its students to have the “right and responsibility to exercise leadership,” according to Vicki Olson, associate professor of education. This has never been so evident as it was yesterday when it was announced that Augsburg alumna Jacki Brickman, ’97, was one of two teachers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul School Districts awarded the Milken National Educator Award. The Milken Family Foundation has been recognizing teachers and principals around the country for 20 years for their effectiveness in the classroom, accomplishments outside the classroom, leadership and the ability to inspire students, teachers and the community.

Brickman, a 10-year teacher was surprised yesterday, Oct. 10, during an assembly at Hall International Elementary School in Minneapolis where she is now a mentor. Brickman and the other recipient, Martha James from Crossroads Elementary School, will each receive a $25,000 award.

“The Education Department is very proud of Jacki and the contributions she makes every day as a Minneapolis public school teacher,” Olson said. “She lives out her vocation as a teacher leader with generosity of spirit, good humor, and passion for teaching and learning.”

Brickman, who also is an adjunct instructor in Augsburg’s Weekend College program, is the second graduate of Augsburg to receive this prestigious award. Margaret Knutson, ’91, fifth grade teacher at Orono Intermediate School received the award in 2004. Both Brickman and Knutson were featured in the Spring 2006 Augsburg NOW. Education is the second largest major at Augsburg with approximately 500 students in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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See the story of Brickman in the Oct. 11 Star Tribune