Spotlight: 10 Questions for Angela Boxie (LA '17)March 2, 2018
Math teacher Angela Boxie (LA ’17) became an educator after witnessing her mother’s former students express their gratitude for her influence: “I wanted to make that same impact.” Angela received a Louisiana Milken Educator Award at Edgar Martin Middle School in Lafayette on December 7, 2017.
1. What went through your mind when you heard Lowell Milken call your name at your surprise notification?
Angela Boxie: As I listened to the presentation, names of various co-workers ran through my mind. When I heard my own name, I was in disbelief, then overwhelmed with emotion. I had to give myself time to process what was happening. It wasn’t until later that night that I realized, “This actually happened to me!”
2. How did your students respond to your Milken Award? What impact has it had on them?
Angela: My students were so excited! They didn’t want to stop hugging me and telling me congratulations. One of my students was overwhelmed with emotion just as I was. Students I have never met tell me hello with a big smile on the sidewalk or want to have a conversation with me. Some of my former students have gotten in touch to congratulate me and tell me the impact I have had on their lives.
3. How did you end up in education?
Angela: One of the key factors in my decision to be an educator was the influence of family members. My family has many educators and I was taught early in life that education is the foundation for success. My mother was a teacher and I saw former students come to her as adults to express their gratitude and share the positive influence she had on them. I wanted to make that same impact.
4. Who are your role models as an educator?
Angela: All the educators in my family, especially my mother. I experienced firsthand the level of dedication she had and the positive impression she left on others.
5. What memories stand out from your first year of teaching?
Angela: I remember it being easy. My students were well-behaved and my colleagues were very helpful in guiding me. Within a few months, I was in the swing of things. It felt as if I had been teaching for several years.
6. What are students most likely to remember about their time in your class?
Angela: My passion for math and how I enjoyed teaching it. They’ll remember that I encouraged them to do their best and cared not only about their academic success, but also their personal well-being.
7. What’s your biggest challenge in the classroom?
Angela: My biggest challenge is motivating unmotivated students. Although I feel I am effective in overcoming this challenge, it can be a struggle. Not all students are passionate about mathematics.
8. How do you think you’ll use your $25,000 Award?
Angela: I’m not sure yet. I do know I would like to donate and save some of the money. I will also probably take a relaxing vacation.
9. What would you say to a student who expresses interest in a career in education?
Angela: I would tell that student the job is much easier if you love educating. Education is the most rewarding profession. It will not always be easy, but it will be worth it in the long run. I have always been told, “If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.”
10. What’s your definition of success?
Angela: Success is overcoming obstacles, persevering through life’s challenges, and accomplishing things you never thought possible.
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