Meghan LeFevers ’07
Bessemer City High School
2017-18 Milken Educator Award
Milken Family Foundation
“Working across the educational spectrum from gifted students to the disabled, she (Meghan LeFevers) strives to maximize the potential of each and every student, especially those from underserved communities. Always pursuing lofty goals, she epitomizes the practical yet uplifting spirit of the Milken Educator Awards.”
Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University alumna Meghan LeFevers ’07, assistant principal at Bessemer City High School (BCHS), is among 44 honorees to receive a Milken Educator Award for 2017-18. She is the only Milken Educator Award winner from North Carolina this year.
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley presented LeFevers with the award on Dec. 18, 2017, at an assembly in the Bessemer City High School gymnasium.
Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. With the award, LeFevers receives national recognition as well as an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Additionally, the honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.
In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2017-18 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., March 20-23, 2018. Educators will have the opportunity to network with their new colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about maximizing their leadership roles to advance educator effectiveness.
LeFevers hails from a family of educators — her mother retired from Gaston County Schools after more than three decades in education — and holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Appalachian and a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
LeFevers taught math to at-risk middle school students before moving into administration. When she arrived at BCHS, a high-poverty school about 25 miles west of Charlotte, only 5 percent of Math I students reached proficiency on year-end assessments. LeFevers stepped into the math department’s professional learning community, meeting weekly with teachers to coach them on pacing and instruction. By the end of the 2016-17 school year, the Math I proficiency rate at BCHS had risen to 32 percent.
Described by her peers as a “data-driven humanitarian,” she has worked with autistic students, the hard of hearing and the gifted, and has shown a knack for raising test scores, rousing colleagues and rejuvenating remedial education. LeFevers says she strives to make sure all students are included in educational opportunities, regardless of their special needs or disabilities.
About the Milken Educator Award
The very first Milken Educator awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation 30 years ago in 1987. The awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.
About the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. The department seeks to provide quality programs that emphasize the integration of academics and field experiences. Learn more at https://ci.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.