Eric Cochran Wins $25,000 Milken Award

Rachel Collins

Eric Cochran receives the Milken Educator Award.

Michael Rich, Webmaster

Lindbergh social studies teacher, Eric Cochran, is the recipient of the Milken Educator Award. Cochran was surprised in a schoolwide asembly, attended by the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Chris Nicastro, as well as representatives from the Missouri Congress.

The Milken Award has no formal application process. An independent blue ribbon committee, appointed by the state’s department of education, recommends candidates and final selections come from the Milken Family Foundation.

Receipients of the award demonstrate “exceptional educational talent” and have shown “exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom.” The Milken award is restricted to early-to mid-career educators who “offer strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership.”

Along with the award comes an unrestricted $25,000.

Although this assembly has been planned for several weeks, Lindbergh students and faculty members were kept in the dark as to the details. Teachers were told to bring their classes to the assembly for a “special announcement.”

Cochran was greeted to a loud applause from everyone in attendance. He looked visibly shocked and surprised.

Keep checking throughout the next couple days for more information regarding this special announcement.

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9 Responses to “Eric Cochran Wins $25,000 Milken Award”

  1. Justin Hall on November 2nd, 2011 11:31 AM

    I am very proud to say that I had Mr. Cochran as my teacher. Wonderful person, and very deserving! Congratulations!


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  3. Julia Wurthmann on November 2nd, 2011 12:28 PM

    CONGRATS :) !


  4. Samantha Kersting on November 2nd, 2011 12:34 PM

    Mr Cochran is a deserving teacher. He fully prepared me for college level classes in AP US History! I am very proud to say that my teacher is the greatest teacher in the country! Congratulations Mr. Cochran!


  5. Erin Vilimek on November 2nd, 2011 1:50 PM

    Yaaaayyyyyyy mr. Cochran!!!!:)


  6. Mr. Murphy on November 2nd, 2011 2:19 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, or a more dedicated teacher. Congrats Mr. Cochran- we’re all so incredibly proud of your accomplishments, and ecstatic that you chose Lindbergh as your home away from home.


  7. Karen Fingerhut on November 2nd, 2011 7:40 PM

    Congratulations, Eric! I have always known that you were a very special person; it is no surprise that you are also a special, terrific teacher. You were quite the character as a student, kid! Your former teacher is proud!


  8. Nick Wurthmann on November 3rd, 2011 12:48 PM

    The latest in a long line of great achievements that include appearing on Jerry Springer and teaching yours truly. Congratulations Mr. Cochran. Well deserved.


  9. Thomas Dittrich, Jr. on November 21st, 2011 2:45 PM

    Congrats my friend! You are very deserving! You put all of your heart and mind in all of your commitments in and out of school! Way to represent!


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