This time, I sat by Joni Milken-Noah, who asked another former winner and me if we wanted to know which teacher it was who was going to be receiving the award or if I wanted to be surprised. At Michelle Johnson's award ceremony a couple of weeks ago in DC, I didn't know who was getting the award, and it was kind of fun to look around the room and guess. This time, it was even more fun to look at the woman in the blue shirt and glasses, and know that her life would change in just a few minutes, as mine did 11 months ago.
Mike Milken's presentation to the group of really cute elementary students at Yellow Brook Elementary School in Frederick was, as usual (I've seen three of them now), engaging and charming. I love how he puts students in the spotlight, and how he discusses the responsibility that teachers have who receive this award, to represent teachers all around the country. In a job where few get recognition, I definitely count myself among the lucky few who have, as part of the Milken family I've been so honored to join.
If you follow me on Instagram (@epiphanyinbmore), you were able to see the video of the moment of announcement from perspective up front. If you saw the news reports or the video on Youtube, however, you saw a shot of me awkwardly videotaping as the announcement was read. There was a reason, I promise! And I was just asked to stand, I promise! Ha ha, what can you do but laugh at yourself when something silly like that happens? I will have to make sure to get out of the camera shot next time if I'm taping like that, which I don't think I'll do again (Milken Foundation has that covered).
I found Ms. Hawk's speech after her award (after some moments of tears and to compose herself) to be very moving, about how she was a student who struggled in school and how her 1st grade teacher inspired her and it made her want to give back. She also gave a major shoutout to her team members who she teaches with. She was very composed and articulate.
All in all, it was a very happy day for her and for the MSDE. I'll look forward to more events as the years progress!
|Mike Milken gets on the ground level with the kids before the presentation.|
|Mike Milken presents to the students before Ms. Hawk's award. He's really great at these presentations!|
|MD' 14 winner Maggie Hawk hugs Mike Milken after being surprised by the award. Looking on is Lori Milken, Mike's wife, who announced the award. This photo is courtesy the Milken website.|
|Ms. Lori Milken, Maggie Hawk, and Mike Milken pose with two students from Yellow Creek Elementary.|