It started as just another assembly on a typical winter
school day when hundreds of students gathered in the gymnasium at New Oxford
Middle School this December. But after the marching band's music filled the
space and guest speaker Education Secretary Pedro Rivera wrapped up his
remarks, the day suddenly became much more special for one outstanding teacher.
As the students cheered, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice
President Jan Foley announced that seventh grade social studies and language
arts teacher Anthony Angelini had been selected as the Milken Educator of the
Year and the proud recipient of $25,000. Teaching at New Oxford Middle School
since 2008, Mr. Angelini has become a favorite of the kids and a testament to
the impact great teaching can have on students.
The Milken Educator Awards program was created in 1987 as an
initiative of the Milken Family Foundation to recognize top educators nationwide,
honoring them with the title of Milken Educator of the Year and an unrestricted
monetary award. The awards are earned by early-to-mid career teachers as
a way to honor their achievements thus far and represent the success that still
awaits them in their careers.
Meanwhile, a few counties over, another excellent educator
was about to be notified that she is Pennsylvania's top teacher, an accolade
that is only bestowed on one deserving educator per year. Rebecca Foxwell, a
first grade teacher at Lickdale Elementary School in the Northern Lebanon
School District, was honored at this year's Teacher of the Year awards ceremony
at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
Ms. Foxwell joined Northern Lebanon School District in 2010,
after earning degrees from Lancaster Bible College and Edinboro University.
One of her former students, now a fifth grader, introduced
Ms. Foxwell, describing her as, "dedicated to being the best teacher she
can be. She is passionate about teaching and really loves working with her
students. Her students are her top priority." Those words demonstrated to
guests gathered at the ceremony that a great teacher will stay with a student
well past their year together in the classroom.
The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Program recognizes
excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 teachers in public education who have
made outstanding academic contributions to Pennsylvania's school-aged
children. It is my sincere hope that you or someone in your educational
community will take time to acknowledge the efforts of those teachers who have
worked to achieve excellence in the classroom. Encourage district educators,
parents, students, and community members to nominate an outstanding
educator. The nomination form along with additional information about the
Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program
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