Alumnus Receives $25,000 National Teaching Award

Sioux Falls educator Wade Helleson,’98, has received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, a $25,000 honor. Helleson taught fifth- and third-grade at Lowell Elementary and now serves as an instructional coach for Lowell and three other buildings.

Based in California, the Milken Family Foundation grants about 50 educator awards each year to early- to mid-career teachers. Recipients can spend the money any way they want.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations