Harrisburg, PA - State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera joined Conewago Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Russell Greenholt, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley, and New Oxford Middle School students and staff at a school assembly today to present teacher Anthony Angelini with the 2015 Milken Educator Award.
Angelini has been a full-time educator at the middle school since 2008, teaching language arts and social studies. Additionally, Angelini is a department curriculum leader, facilitator of multiple student groups, and on the school improvement team. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he is also an adjunct instructor, and Shippensburg University.
“Being selected to receive the Milken Educator Award is an impressive honor, and Mr. Angelini joins a respected group of educators,” Secretary Rivera said. “Mr. Angelini is not just a leader in the classroom, but a leader in the school and community, regarded for his volunteerism, tireless service to his students, and enthusiasm to exceed expectations.”
The Milken Educator Award was launched by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987 to recognize early-to-mid career K–12 teachers, principals and specialists, and to honor them with an unrestricted $25,000 award. Candidates are confidentially recommended to the Foundation by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by Department of Education and must meet several criteria.
“Anthony Angelini is a teacher leader dedicated to providing students with critical skill sets to become educated and productive citizens,” said Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards. “He seamlessly weaves social studies and language arts together, creating a rich and rigorous curriculum that engages students and pushes them to new heights. What’s more, Anthony’s enthusiasm and expertise extend outside the school walls. He has played an essential role in training teachers and influencing district policies and practices—all to build a culture of continuous learning for teachers and students alike. I congratulate Anthony and warmly welcome him into the Milken Educator family.”
Milken Educator awardees receive the opportunity to join the national Milken Educator Network, which is dedicated to strengthening K-12 education across the nation.
“Mr. Angelini believes in the ability of all of his students to succeed and he clearly communicates that belief and expectation to them through frequent positive feedback, celebrations of goal achievement, and remedial support when deemed necessary,” said New Oxford Middle School principal, Dr. Gretchen Gates said. “As a teacher, he treats his students with respect and kindness while holding them to high standards of academic excellence and respectful behavior. His dedication, enthusiasm, and positive interactions with others serve as a powerful motivator for his students and his colleagues.”
Rivera added, “A great teacher can play an enormous role in the lives of his or her students by not only in preparing them to be college or career ready, but by igniting in them an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Awards like the Milken help communities recognize and celebrate great teachers.”
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