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Chiaramonte Named 2017 National Milken Educator

Chiaramonte gives speech

SANTA MONICA, Calif., — There's no powering down computer science teacher Vincent ("Vinny") Chiaramonte. From high-fives to inspirational notes, from coding to robots, his exuberance for all things tech inspires his middle school students to create things they never thought imaginable for themselves – he gives them a purpose. But today, the purpose of the all-school assembly was to give Chiaramonte $25,000 as the only Milken Educator Award winner from Alabama this year.

Hoots and hollers filled the gym as the Bumpus Bucs' excitement grew louder after Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley announced his name. Chiaramonte is among up to 45 honorees for 2017-18 to receive the national recognition and unrestricted cash prize.

The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching" has been opening minds and shaping futures for 30 years. Research shows teacher quality is the driving in-school factor behind student growth and achievement. The initiative not only aims to reward great teachers, but to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding America's next generation of leaders. Milken Educators believe, "The future belongs to the educated."

Chiaramonte joined the faculty of R.F. Bumpus Middle School in 2014. The role enables him to help students master foundational computer science skills through coding, computational thinking, sequencing, and formulation. Chiaramonte believes all students should become what he calls "solution-makers": young minds that use critical-thinking skills to solve problems encountered in everyday life.

"Vincent Chiaramonte has not only impacted his own classroom and students across the school district, but now, the entire state of Alabama with his engaging and practical curriculum exposing middle school students to understanding and navigating the tech world," said Foley. "Beyond just the study of computational algorithms, Vincent is providing his students transferrable skills and tech applications that could propel any of his students to be a force for innovation and scientific discovery. As Milken Educators, we're very excited to see what his future holds."

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