Greeley West High School teacher Caleb Flores won the $25,000 Milken Award on Dec. 15 in a surprise ceremony at his school attended by Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley and Colorado Commissioner of Education Susana Córdova.
Flores, a life-long Greeley resident, teaches English Language Arts and Language Development classes. He has worked at Greeley West since 2017 and is known for recognizing the challenges faced by English learners and making sure they have the equitable resources they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, Flores’ strong work ethic and collaborative mindset shine in his role as a mentor teacher to new hires at Greeley West.
“Caleb Flores serves as a leader, role model and advocate for students in the classroom, school and community,” Dr. Foley said. “His welcoming nature and ability to pinpoint every learner’s needs are vital to the growth of all students. Caleb’s passion to elevate education will be in great company within the Milken Educator Network, a nationwide group of fellow recipients ready to celebrate their newest connection. Congratulations Caleb!”
“Caleb Flores’ unwavering dedication to fostering equitable and culturally diverse education is truly commendable,” Córdova said. “Mr. Flores is an example of the transformative power educators have, and we are proud to celebrate his accomplishments.”
Flores, who fluently speaks Spanish, is known for how he positively communicates with families. Additionally, he serves as a family and community liaison at the community college and in the high school and also coaches football at the middle school.
Flores is the first Milken Educator Award recipient in Greeley-Evans School District 6 since 2005. He is one of up to 75 recipients across the country to be honored in 2023-24 as part of the Milken Family Foundation’s Journey to the 3,000th Milken Educator.
Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to the $25,000 prize and public recognition, the honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,900 education leaders.
For more information about the Miliken Educator Awards, visit MilkenEducatorAwards.org or call the Milken Family Foundation at 310-570-4772.
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