Prettyboy Elementary Teacher Melissa Salkeld Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Prize – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) —Melissa Salkeld, a kindergarten teacher at Prettyboy Elementary School, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award recognizing teachers across the country who are making a difference, school officials and organizers said.
Maryland Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams were joined by Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley to present the award to Salkeld in a surprise assembly.
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“We know that teachers have a profound impact on the positive trajectory of students’ lives, which ripples through our communities, the fabric of our nation, and generations to come,” Choudhury said in a statement. “Our mission to achieve a bright future for every child is only possible through the efforts of educators like Ms. Salkeld whose exceptional skills, dedication and success prioritize both academic acceleration and well-being. socio-emotional being of his young students.”
Williams credited Salkeld’s “innovative teaching methods, leadership in the school community, and unwavering faith in his students.”
A biography on the awards website praised Salkeld’s lessons teaching students real-life scenarios and precise vocabulary.
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“Salkeld often divides the class into small groups, allowing students to work collaboratively as she moves from table to table, differentiating to meet each child’s strengths and needs,” according to the biography.
The Milken Family Foundation, which established the award in 1987, said it publicly recognizes teachers for inspiring fellow educators, students and community members. Nominees are nominated by a panel appointed by their state’s Department of Education.
Over the past 35 years, the foundation has awarded $70 million in prizes to teachers across the United States. Salkeld is one of 60 winners of the $25,000 unlimited prize and the only one from Maryland this season.
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Recipients are also invited to join the Milken Educator Network, a professional development group of more than 2,800 educators across the country, the organization said.