FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - A Prince George's County teacher was surprised Wednesday with the "Oscar of Teaching" and a $25,000 check.
Angela Malone, a seventh and eighth grade honors science teacher, was the recipient of the Milken Educator Award.
The award, which aims to "attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession," was conceived by the Milken Family Foundation.
Malone is the science department chair at Oxon Hill Middle School and thought she was attending a regular assembly Wednesday morning. When she arrived, however, she was surprised with the award and check.
"Angela brings energy, innovation and exceptional standards to her classroom every day, strengthening student achievement," said Interim State Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith in a press release. "She exemplifies what it means to be a Maryland educator, and we are thrilled that the Milken Family Foundation is honoring her work and dedication."
Malone is one of up to 40 educators who will receive the prestigious national honor during the Milken Family Foundation's (MFF) coast-to-coast tour across the country during the 2015-16 Awards season.
MFF has been rewarding outstanding elementary and secondary educators with the Award since 1987. Malone is the 60th recipient in Maryland since the program was implemented in that state in 1993.
"Angela is a pro at marrying the arts with science," said Foley. "As a trained actor, singer and dancer, she brings unique talents to her classroom and can relate to all students," Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley said. "She is also respected as a leader at Oxon Hill in its transition from STEM to STEAM. We are thrilled to welcome her into the Milken Educator family. I anticipate a wonderful future for this charismatic educator."