It’s tough to keep a secret from the principal. But during an assembly this morning at John Stanford International School, Principal Kelly Aramaki got what may be the surprise of his life. In front of the entire school he was awarded with what’s been called the Oscar of teaching, the Milken Educator Award.
The award for excellence in education is given by the Milken Family Foundation, a leader in education and medical research. In addition to the recognition, Aramaki also received $25,000. As you will see in the video below, he was truly stunned to win the award.
For those of you who don’t know, Wallingford’s very own John Stanford International School offers a dual language immersion program to its K-5 students in Spanish and Japanese. There are also some students from foreign countries who learn English. During today’s assembly, third grade students performed Jai Ho, the Bollywood dance made famous in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” while other students performed songs.