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Miki Cacace
Miki Cacace moments after the surprise announcement that she is this year’s Milken Educator Award winner.

A 2007 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate was surprised with a prestigious Milken Educator Award, to celebrate and empower outstanding educators, in March. Miki Cacace is a math teacher at ʻEwa Makai Middle School.

Miki Cacace
ʻEwa Makai Middle School Principal Kim Saunders hugs Milken Educator Award winner Miki Cacace.

Cacace found out she was the recipient of the award considered the “Oscar Award of Teaching” in a ceremony attended by Gov. David Y. Ige, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, past Milken Award winners, and community leaders. She is the only Hawaiʻi recipient this year and one of 40 nationwide.

Cacace was hailed for her teaching excellence, particularly for her popular coding class. The Leeward area educator receives a cash prize of $25,000.

Last year’s Milken Educator Award winner, Sara King, is also a UH Mānoa graduate as are many of the past winners.

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