Mid-South teacher earns Milken Award

HORK LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - Thursday, an unsuspecting teacher received the surprise of her life as she was surprised with the Milken Award - an honor only given to a few teachers each year.

Rosie King has been an assistant principal at Horn Lake Elementary School since 2007.  joined a very prestigious group as one of only 80 educators nationwide selected to receive the Milken award.

King said it is about doing your best everyday for the kids.

"We come everyday, and we bring our best to them and what we have to bring to them is our best, and I'm so proud to work with these teachers because they do that," King said.

Recipients were chosen by a Mississippi Department of Education appointed committee. In addition to the recognition, she also received a check for $25,000 and an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Milken National Conference next spring.

Horn Lake Principal Cindy Dunning was very proud of her assistant, and said it reflects highly on the district.

"It could not have happened to a better person, and I am so proud of her and the contributions she makes to the DeSoto County school system, and especially to our school," Dunning said.

State Department of Education head Hank Bounds also attended Thursday'sceremony. He said every major issue that affects us all daily can be solved by education.

"If you want to talk about how you solve issues around poverty, around racism, economic development, work force development....you name it. The answer is education," Bounds said.

King was truly overwhelmed after winning the award, and said it may take a while for it all to sink in.

"To be a part of this is just amazing and so like I said, I can't even process. I'm just completely thankful and humbled and I'm going to cry again," King said.

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