A gift of new technology offers a unique learning opportunity for fifth-graders in Columbus, Georgia.
In addition to science and math, Neal Cronkite (MI ’17) and his middle schoolers spend a lot of time building community, celebrating successes and supporting each other through tough times: “I want students to know that our lives are intertwined now.”
Special education teacher Andrew Franz (NY ’17) was inspired by his mother’s leadership in community fundraising and awareness events: “Little did she know that she was instilling in me the process of taking an idea and making it grow into something bigger than imagined.”
Anna Capobianco (CT ’17) considers meeting the diverse learning needs of all students both a challenge and a necessity: “It can feel Herculean at times, but it is the most important thing teachers can do for their students.”
When Carla Diede (SD ’17) asked students after her surprise Milken Award notification whether they might want to teach someday, hands shot up around the room: “The biggest impact the Award had on my learners was helping them view teaching as a respected and rewarding profession.”
In addition to teaching English, Jennifer Fuller (TX ’17) delivers important lessons about self-worth, empathy, hard work, and the importance of creativity: “I hope my students remember how to keep reaching for their dreams when life gets tough.”
High school principal Debreon Davis (OK ’17) sees meeting the varied learning needs of thousands of students as her biggest challenge: “Keeping kids from flying under the radar is something I work to combat every day.”
Teaching got easier for Allison Felton (MD ’17) when she realized how much her students’ home lives differed from her own background: “I realized that they needed someone to listen to them.”