Jonathan Jou is one of the recipients of the 2003 National Educator Award by Milken Family Foundation May 5. The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education. By honoring outstanding educators, the program strives to attract, retain and motivate talented people to the challenge and adventure of teaching.
From its original presentation of awards to a dozen California educators, the program has grown to national stature with 47 participating states and the District of Columbia. Including those recipients announced in the fall of 2003, nearly 2,000 outstanding kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, principals, counselors, librarians, and other specialists have been recognized with unrestricted individual Milken Educator Awards of $25,000.
Jou immigrated to US at age 15 from China. At 18, he went back to China to study at Kuangxi Normal University. After gradution, he came back to the States and studied at the St. John's College in Maryland. Jou is now teaching at Jefferson Junior High School in D.C.