This award highlights the true cyclical power of education and its importance in our community and country. It is the culmination of my educational journey, starting as a student learning from passionate teachers, and now as a professional helping students develop their own academic appetites. I am honored and humbled to be a part of such a prestigious group of educators, which would not have been possible without the support, encouragement of my family, friends and teachers along the way.

Peter Loken Saipan, MP | K-6, Science, 2016

Peter Loken has been an educator for the past 11 years at Garapan Elementary School. He recently transitioned from teaching sixth grade to teaching all subjects for fourth grade. Peter is a full supporter of the Next Generation Science Standards and enjoys the opportunity to challenge his students and help them find the connections between science and other content areas. Through class discussions, demonstrations, field trips, student projects, and guest speakers, Peter strives to bring a real life perspective to science for his students. Peter has received several teaching awards and recognition, recently being selected as a Lowell Milken Center Fellow. He participates in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Exploration project on his home island of Saipan and is a teacher leader for mathematics and science at his school. Peter earned a B.A. in psychology from Macalester College and a M.Ed. from Framingham State University. He is certified in all content areas to teach in elementary and middle school.