Manuel “Manny” Zaldivar, originally from Honduras, is the 2016 Milken Educator recipient for Connecticut. He has been an educator for the past 16 years beginning his career in New York as a teacher assistant, then a teacher, and finally an instructional coach at Family Life Academy Charter School in the Bronx. In 2009, he moved to Bristol, Connecticut and became the intervention coordinator for Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary school. He has worked with the Consolidated School District of New Britain for the past 7 years. Currently, he is an English Language Development (ELD) first grade classroom teacher at Smalley Elementary School, where he also serves as an ELD coach. Additionally, he is training to become a High Impact Instructional Principles Coach for the district. During the 2015-2016 school year, Zaldivar was awarded the Smalley Elementary School teacher of the year. He has served as Grade Level and the ELD team lead teacher. Zaldivar is a member of the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS). He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer system and management applications in 2004 from Fordham University, a Master of Science in childhood education in 2007 from Lehman College at the City University of New York, and completed the bilingual cross-endorsement courses at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2016, he completed the administrator certification program at Sacred Heart University.