LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District teacher Ben Nguyen was recognized for being outstanding in the classroom. He received the $25,000 Milken Educator Award this morning. The teacher was unaware this was happening.
Nguyen teaches grades 9-12 at Sunrise Mountain High School. The surprise announcement was made during an all-school assembly. The top honor is only given to 40 teachers across the country every year.
“You’ve got an incredible group of educators and administrators here at Sunrise Mountain Middle School. It is a team effort and we fully acknowledge and realize that,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.
Robotics teacher Ben Nguyen can use the prize any way he wants.
“STEM will represent the future of our workforce, especially in Nevada and I am thrilled that Ben has dedicated his life to this. Ben’s true brilliance is in his ability to reach out beyond his own school, recognizing that educational change comes over a change of a comprehensive strategy,” said Governor Sisolak.
“Ben Nguyen expands the universe of opportunity for students through their exposure to computer science, robotics, and manufacturing technology. He is preparing students to develop the flexibility, collaboration, and ingenuity vital to compete in the 21st century,” said Milken.
Nguyen is in the process of transforming a woodworking shop into a robotics lab. He says he dedicates up to 1,000 hours a year applying for grants. One more Nevada teacher will be named as a Milken Educator Award winner at a later time this year.