A Johnson County elementary school teacher Tuesday won the national Milken Educator Award for her work in student engagement and for improving the performance of her fourth-grade math student.
Angela Fowler, a fourth-grade math teacher at Grassy Creek Elementary at Clark-Pleasant School Corporation, was surprised with a check for $25,000, along with the recognition she can now use on anything she wants.
In a gym full of cheering students, Fowler said she was shocked to receive the award and thanked all the other educators who work with her at the school.
“I’ve found a home in math, and I love math,” Fowler said. “I love teaching math and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. But again, none of this would be possible without my students.”
Presented annually to various educators across the country, the Milken Educator Awards are designed to celebrate and enhance the teaching profession and hopefully inspire other young professionals to join it.
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The award winners are junior to mid-level educators and are recognized for what they have achieved to date and for the promise of what they could achieve in the future.
Fowler was selected because she involves her students and for her creativity and leadership skills in the classroom, said Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards and Milken Educator of Indiana’s Class of 1994, in a press release.
“Their care and compassion create an environment where every student feels welcome, valued and motivated to learn,” Foley said. “I am proud to welcome Angela to our Milken Educator Awards family and look forward to the contributions she will bring to our national network.”
Through her work, Fowler has helped her fourth grade math students develop and improve throughout the school year, and she has provided additional support through small group classes, tutoring, and engaging students with “Number Talk” to help them find patterns in problems to understand. solve.
Fowler has also scheduled math evenings for families to learn more about the school’s math curriculum, and she serves as fourth grade curriculum advocate and leads the school’s professional math learning community – supporting other teachers with professional development and workshops like her Students can better incorporate math concepts.
Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation Superintendent Patrick Spray said Fowler is the perfect example of the kind of impact teachers can have on students and the community.
“The Milken Award is reserved as a very prestigious honor for educators in the United States, and we are very proud that one of our teachers was honored with this award,” Spray said in a press release.
In addition to her classroom work, Fowler also leads Grassy Creek’s Girls on the Run Club, which helps her students build confidence, kindness, and decision-making skills. She also co-chairs her school’s Riley Week initiative, which raises money and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children.
Indiana Secretary of Education Katie Jenner thanked Fowler for all her hard work on Tuesday and congratulated her on making a difference in the lives of her students.
“Great teachers change lives,” Jenner said. “And there’s no doubt that Angela is changing lives for the better, both in and out of the classroom.”
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