Martin Luther King Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher
Barbara Gordon-Cobb was named a recipient of a $25,000 grant
from the 1998-99 Milken Family Foundation in a surprise announcement
made at the school last Thursday, September 17.
Martin Luther King sixth graders Chelsea Moody, 11, and Jasim
Ford, 11, welcomed the entire staff, students and guests to the
Milken Family Foundation awards assembly.
"I love the children of Hartford and want them to grow in
all avenues in life. This is a very big honor for me today. I
am so very grateful to my family and extended family at Martin
Luther King Elementary School who are here to share this with
me today," said Gordon-Cobb.
Several years ago Gordon-Cobb, who had then been working as a
Paraprofessional in the Hartford Public School System for 19
years, took advantage of the Training of Paraprofessionals (TOPS)
program. TOPS was designed by the State Department of Education
to offer talented paraprofessionals the training needed to become
a state-certified teacher. Gordon-Cobb completed the training
and became a teacher in the Hartford Public School System in
The purpose of the Milken Family Foundation is to discover and
advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves
and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives.
The foundation advances this mission primarily through its work
in education and medicine.