|Patrick O'Neill got the surprise of a lifetime when he was presented with a 2012 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly at Ocean Township Elementary School in Oakhurst, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation.)
In schools across the nation, exemplary elementary teachers were selected as 2012 Milken Educator Award recipients
. The honor, one of education's most prestigious recognitions, comes with an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000.
New Jersey is proud to have one of the those recognized educators, Patrick O’Neill of the Ocean Township Elementary School in Oakhurst as a 2012 Milken Educator. Patrick has worked at Ocean Township Elementary since day one of his eight-year teaching career and is a deeply committed educator who goes out of his way to solidify pupils' success.
Born into a family of educators, O'Neill is carrying on the tradition in many compelling and innovative ways. Whether it is SMART boards, an ELMO document camera, computer-based assessments (with pre-tests for re-teaching and reinforcement) or mobile laptop labs, he employs the latest technology to engage his students and track their progress. His students' science and math scores have been on the rise since 2007, and their gains are among the highest in the district.