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Alumni Excellence in Education Award Recipients

GSE Alumni Lead the Way

The Stanford Graduate School of Education will present its annual Alumni Excellence in Education Award to four exceptional GSE alumni who are transforming education in local, national and global realms. Dean Daniel Schwartz invites alumni and other members of the GSE community to the October 25th reception to celebrate the 2019 winners of this honor.


Bernardo H. Naranjo designs and implements strategies to improve public school systems in Latin America
Joyce E. King is recognized for her work on issues around racial equity and justice in American education
Kimberly Gordon Biddle’s work sheds light on the role poverty and racism play in shaping a child’s future


David Berliner, PhD ’68, brings psychological advances to his study of teaching and impassioned rigor to his ongoing defense of public schools
Gary Mukai, MA ’81, enriches classrooms in America and beyond as head of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education
Principal Jeff Gilbert, ’89, MA ’90, leads community and change in San Mateo, Calif.
Bloomington High School South’s Kirstin Milks teaches with inquiry, empathy and a constant drive to improve.


Haydee Rodriguez is recognized for her commitment to her students, high standards and creating powerful learning experiences.
Alum Joseph Castro has boosted academic achievement by meeting the everyday challenges of his students.
Piya Sorcar reaches across disciplines and around the world to prevent disease and educate youth.


Carla Pugh’s frustrations with medical training led her to Stanford Graduate School of Education. She graduated four years later with a plan.
Helen Kim oversees daily miracles at Eastside College Preparatory School where students defy the odds and go on to college.
Jonathan Jansen has been inspiring students throughout South Africa with a lesson he learned at Stanford: Aim high and think big.

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