Frankfort teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Courtesy: "Milken Family Foundation"

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Franklin County teacher got the surprise of a lifetime on Monday.

Fifth-grade teacher Angie Beavin learned at a surprise assembly at Peaks Mill Elementary, where she teaches, that she received the Milken Educator Award.

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According to the Milken Family Foundation, Beavin was selected because a “talented, caring and strategic teacher like Angie Beavin develops lifelong learners who can think independently.”

Beavin has led the school’s adoption of the Public Education and Business Coalition’s “Thinking Strategies,” an inquiry-based teaching philosophy that infuses every lesson, including the year’s opening focus, on reading.

The foundation says Beavin’s first goal for her students is to instill in them a love of reading and one of the ways she does that is by getting to know each student’s hobbies and passions and recommends books she thinks will resonate with them.

According to the foundation, Peaks Mill Elementary has gone from the lowest-performing elementary school in Franklin County Schools to the highest, with Beavin’s students delivering the best math and reading growth in the district.

Beavin is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Kentucky this year, and is among the 33 honorees nationally.

The award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.

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