You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Schools

  • EACS expects tax ratesto decrease next year
    NEW HAVEN – Enrollment and staffing are down, circuit breaker losses are down and if all goes as projected, the tax rate for East Allen County Schools should decrease slightly next year.
  • Business panel proposes IU govern IPFW
    Indiana University, not Purdue University, should govern IPFW, and the state's performance funding formula should reflect the number of students who graduate in five or six years instead of four.
  • FWCS kicks off 2014-15 with rally
    They were told plenty of people were looking to tear them down, that they were in a war for the survival of public education and that they should be wary of politicians who haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in years.
Advertisement
The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne teacher wins $25,000 award

A New Tech teacher was shocked to learn she was the only educator in Indiana to win the national Milken Educator Award – dubbed the "Oscar of Teaching."

Ginger Giessler accepted the award Thursday in front of the student body and fellow staff members at Wayne High School.

Included in the prestigious recognition was a $25,000 cash award, which was given to Giessler to spend "any way she chooses," said Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Family Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif.

"They are not nominated. We seek them out," Foley said.

Giessler wiped away tears as she told students and co-workers that the award was for all of them.

"I love you," she shouted amid thunderous applause.

About 40 educators from across the United States are chosen each year for the Milken Educator Award, Foley said.

After the convocation, dozens of Giessler's students stormed the auditorium floor, encircling their beloved teacher in a group hug.

For more on this story, see Friday's print edition or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Friday.

vsade@jg.net

For more information

For more information about the Milken Educator Awards, go to:

www.milkeneducatorawards.org

Advertisement