PA DEN STAR Honored with Prestigious Teaching Award

That’s right . . . The PA DEN is proud to share that our own Maryann Molishus has received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.  Maryann is a 2nd grade teacher at Goodnoe Elementary School in the Council Rock School District (Newtown, PA).

Here is a little more information about Maryann (copied from her award notification page)

From social studies to math, second-grade teacher Maryann Molishus makes the curriculum vivid through technology at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Students learn to produce webinars, digital photography and podcasts with authors of books they are reading—projects that helped all of her students meet district benchmarks in reading. Molishus combines geography and poetry to help students track the Iditarod. Students get to know the mushers the way some children know baseball players, with fifth graders serving as team sponsors. She involves her students in the Habitat Project, a yearlong collaborative effort during which small student groups investigate a specific habitat, culminating in eight-foot murals painted to include all animals and plants researched. Another hallmark Molishus project is a science unit on balance, culminating a five-day Science Circus Camp with a “Cirque de Balance” show for parents. Known for her creativity and persistence with academically or behaviorally challenged children, Molishus motivated one struggling student by involving her in a yearlong study of the city of Philadelphia, with support from classmates. As a Keystones Technology Integrator for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Molishus provides professional development at school and district levels. She serves on the Superintendent’s Professional Advisory Committee, as a teacher representative on the board of the Council Rock Education Foundation, and as a grant reviewer for the Classroom of the Future program—a good fit for an educator who prepares her students to succeed in the 21st century.

Maryann learned that she had received this honor at a surprise school assembly, which is part of the Milken Educator Award National NotificationsLocal media covered the surprise notification:

“I’m still shaking,” Molishus said after the assembly at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown. “I’m just really honored because there are so many good teachers in our district. And the kids are still buzzing. It’s nice to share it with them.”

Per Milken rules, the awards must be kept secret until names are announced, so no one knew, officials said. So, when the entire school, including Molishus’ second-grade class, packed the school’s gym, the students and staff thought they were there for an assembly with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Instead officials called Molishus’ name.

The Milken National Educator Award (most commonly known as the Milken Educator Award) provides public recognition and an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education.

In addition to the honor of receiving the award, Maryann will be attending the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference.

I hope that all of you will join me in congratulating Maryann for this awesome honor! We are so lucky to have Maryann in our professional learning community.


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  1. stacy kasse said:

    Hey, Maryanne…this is wonderful. Congratulations. Eat all the cake and brownies you want.

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