Sunday, October 9, 2016

And The Winner Is...



The "Milken Educator Award," considered nation-wide to be the Academy Award of teaching, was awarded on Wednesday to a South Philadelphia, 5th grade Science and Math teacher. Given annually to a total of thirty-five teachers throughout the country, twenty-nine year old, Jayda Pugliese, who teaches at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, assumed that morning she was taking her class to just another weekly assembly.




Instead, the gathering was in her honor! Ms. Pugliese stood on stage with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., PA Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera, and Lowell Milken, cofounder of the Milken Family Foundation. Ms. Pugliese was presented with a check for $25,000 which she plans to use to complete her doctoral degree.

Congratulations, Ms. Pugliese!


(photos c/o philly.com; coverage c/o philly.com and 6abc.com)

10 comments:

  1. How GREAT for her and her students! I love seeing teachers praised instead of blamed for things when they have so little to work with at times.

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    1. Those who teach definitely do it out of love and dedication. Thanks, Vonnie, for visiting!

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  2. That is so wonderful and what a lovely surprise!

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    1. A "shout-out" to the Milken Family Foundation for creating the award. Thanks, Kim, for stopping by today!

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  3. What a wonderful honor. I'm sure those fifth graders will really benefit from her teaching.

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    1. An honor -- and a surprise, too, for her. Thanks, Marion, for stopping by today!

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  4. This is awesome! What lucky kids to have a teacher like her.

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    1. The kids were just as excited as the teacher. Thanks, Vicki for visiting!

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  5. I expected to see you up there getting the award. :)

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    1. Thanks, Morgan, for stopping by with my "chuckle" for the day (smile)!

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