BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Melissa Salkeld, a kindergarten teacher at Prettyboy Elementary School, received the $25,000 Milken Educator Award that recognizes teachers nationally who have made a difference, school officials said. and organizers said.
Maryland Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr Darryl Williams joined Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley to present Salkeld with the award in a surprise meeting.
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“We know that teachers profoundly impact the positive trajectory in students’ lives, which reverberates through our communities, the fabric of our nation, and generations to come,” said Choudhury. said in a statement. “Our mission of realizing a bright future for every child is only possible through the efforts of educators like Ms. Salkeld, whose exceptional skill, dedication and success She prioritizes both the academic and social-emotional acceleration of her younger students.”
Williams noted Salkeld’s “innovative teaching methods, leadership in the school community, and unwavering faith in her students.”
A biography on the award’s website praises Salkeld’s lessons that teach students real-life situations and precise vocabulary.
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“Salkeld often divides the class into small groups, allowing the student to work collaboratively as she moves from desk to desk, differentiated to meet the strengths and needs of each child,” according to the biography.
The Milken Family Foundation, which created the award in 1987, says it publicly recognizes teachers for inspiring fellow educators, students and members of the community. The names of candidates are given by a panel appointed by their state’s department of education.
Over the past 35 years, the foundation has awarded $70 million in prize money to teachers across the United States. Salkeld is one of 60 winners of the $25,000 unlimited prize pool and the only one from Maryland this season.
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Recipients are also invited to join the Milken Educators Network, a professional development group of more than 2,800 educators across the country, the organization says.
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