Nashville public schools teacher wins $25,000 Milken award during a surprise announcement

Oct. 25, 2018

 To have recognition is very inspiring and very touching and humbling.

“There are so many people in this building that deserve this and to see that, wow, there are so many other people that could be here and the impact our work is having — it is incredible.”

Gaughan is one of 40 national Milken Educator Award 2018-19 winners, which is a prize meant to recognize excellence in teaching across the country.

The award, called the “Oscars” of teaching, aims to reward great teachers, but also to celebrate innovators in the classroom who are guiding America’s next generation of leaders, according to a news release about the award.

At East End Prep, a Nashville public schools charter, Gaughan is the kindergarten team lead and mentors younger teachers.

She developed many of the grade’s procedures and systems and has led the kindergarten classes to some of the strongest student results at the school.

The $25,000 award can be used in any way that Gaughan wants. She said she doesn’t have any plans for the money yet and that she was “just really, really overwhelmed.”


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