Northwest Nazarene University alumnus receives education award


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that overall employment of teachers is expected to increase by 13 percent over the next several years. Those who wish to launch careers in this field may want to attend Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), as an alumnus from the school was given the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

According to a press release, Brad Breuer graduated from NNU in 2001 with a degree in elementary education. He currently teaches fourth grade at Pedro Guerrero Elementary School in Arizona, a title-one school where 95 percent of students qualify for reduced or free lunches.

Breuer was given the award for his efforts at the school. For example, in 2010, more than 95 percent of his students met or exceeded reading proficiency levels, which is 44 percent above the school average. In addition, he has also formed a school band and an after-school football program.

"Since graduating from NNU, I have grown by leaps and bounds as a professional educator, but this definitely would not have happened if it wasn’t for NNU helping me build my educational cornerstone," Breuer said in response to winning the award.

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