Dawn McLain, who earned her master’s in teaching from Henderson State University in 2008, has been named a recipient of the Milken Educator Award. The national award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
She is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Arkansas this year, and is among the 44 national honorees for 2017-2018.
McLain is a 6th grade science and math teacher at North Little Rock Middle School.
As a lead teacher for her school district, McLain splits her time between the classroom and mentoring students and less-experienced teachers. She is a strong proponent of project-based learning, technology integration and savvy data deployment.
While thinking outside the box inside the classroom, she is also actively engaged in student life and community work such as food drives and the Boy Scouts.