Secaucus teacher wins $25,000 educator award

first_imgSECAUCUS — The Milken Educator Awards program awarded a Secaucus school teacher with a $25,000 cash prize for her work Tuesday. The honor goes to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists who further excellence in education.In a surprise ceremony at the Secaucus Middle School, Toni Ann Palmisano received the national recognition. The seventh-grade teacher is the second Milken Educator Award winner in the state this year, and is among the 44 national honorees for 2017-18.“By inspiring students to make math music videos, giving up her lunch hour to tutor students and singing songs about Pi, seventh-grade teacher Toni Ann Palmisano is performing miracles with her classes at New Jersey’s Secaucus Middle School,” a press release announcing the award said. “It all adds up to success, as her students’ test numbers have risen every year since her arrival.”Palmisano will also attend a Milken Educator Forum in Washington D.C. next March. There, she will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about maximizing their leadership roles to advance educator effectiveness.“Engaging students through any available means, Palmisano’s expertise extends beyond math jams and deploying multimedia assets in the classroom, to include extracurricular activities like student government and the school yearbook,” the release adds. “A mentor for novice teachers and a seasoned veteran who helped rewrite the district’s math curriculum, she is not only helping create well-rounded students but also a more well-rounded school.”last_img read more