Hartford Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award
By Vanessa de la Torre On January 25, 2013 · Copied word for word from The Hartford Courant Online
As a kid growing up in Hartford, Tamika Knight attended Milner, Quirk Middle and graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1995. She then played basketball on scholarship at Central Connecticut State University, where she received her degree in education.
For the past 12 years, Knight has taught in the Hartford school system. Her fifth-grade students at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School know that it’s not just about academics with Knight, but about being good people.
On Friday morning, in a surprise announcement two hours ago in the Annie Fisher gymnasium, Knight was honored as one of the best in her profession.
The 35-year-old received the Milken Educator Award, a national honor that comes with a $25,000 prize. Knight is the only teacher in Connecticut to receive the award this year. (Click here for video. Knight’s reaction is priceless.)
Jane Foley, senior vice president for the Milken Educator Awards, told students and teachers gathered in the gym that she traveled from California to give what she called the “Oscars of teaching.” After drawing out the suspense, Foley announced the winner.
“She turned around and she said, ‘Tamika!’ And I’m like, who?” Knight recounted later. “I’m in awe. It’s so surreal for me.”
Tamika Knight holds a ceremonial check after being named a Milken Educator. She stands with Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor (center), school board Chairman Matthew Poland (far right), Milken Family Foundation’s Jane Foley in red, two former Connecticut winners and Mayor Pedro Segarra (far left). Photo by Vanessa de la Torre.
Image copied from The Milken Family Foundation
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