LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A school assembly took a turn very few people expected on Tuesday morning. During the gathering in the Beaumont Middle School gymnasium, math teacher Brooke Powers received the $25,000 Milken Educator Award. Powers, nor the students and staff, knew she was going to receive the award when the assembly was called.
Brooke Powers received the Milken Educator Award during an assembly at Beaumont Middle School on January 9, 2018.
"This is by far the best. I truly am in shock. I have no words for how much it means to be recognized for what I love to do," said Powers. She's been teaching at Beaumont Middle for more than a decade. "I just believe in kids. I believe that they're fun. I believe it's about more than math. It's about learning about kids. About learning what makes them tick."
The Milken Educator Award is considered the "Oscars of teaching." According to a news release from Fayette County Schools, The Milken Educator Awards, created by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987, recognizes teaching excellence publicly not only to inspire educators but students and entire communities about the importance of joining the teaching profession.
The Milken Educator Award will be presented to 44 educators nationwide in the 2017-2018 season. The last time a Kentucky teacher won one was in 2014. Powers is the only teacher in Kentucky to receive the award this season. She will meet the others winners in Washington, D.C. in March.