Grand Prairie High School math teacher surprised by Milken $25,000 award
The Milken Educator Award goes to top teachers and gives instructors $25,000 with no strings attached. North Texas has had several recipients over the years. The latest - Emily Dickerson, who teaches freshman algebra at Grand Prairie High.
The announcement was disguised as an assembly to honor groups like the Gopher’s mariachi band and every sports team.
"And the #MilkenAward goes to...EMILY DICKERSON!" Listen to Ms. Dickerson's students and colleagues @GPHSGophers @grandprairieisd cheer for this year's Texas Milken Educator!@LaighaBoyle @Lindaellis33 @AVID4College @teainfo @mikemorath #ahhhhGP #GopherPride #WeAreGPISD #TXEd pic.twitter.com/CxL7h0kgTD— Milken Family Fdn (@Milken) March 9, 2022
There was also talk about the importance of teachers. Lowell Milken, who created the educator award, took a mic to say sports stars and entertainers get recognized, but few honor their teachers. So he created the Milken award, which gives $25,000 to top teachers.
With microphone in hand, Milken told the crowd in the school auditorium "The Milken Educator Award goes to... Emily Dickerson…."
Dickerson, who came up through Teach for America, didn’t expect to be named.
"I probably would get in trouble for saying this. I’m an algebra teacher, I teach math and I love math but at the end of the day I don’t teach because of math and I tell my kids that," said Dickerson. " I want you to learn and grow in my class. However at the end of the day I want you to learn and grow as a human, I want you to recognize your value as a person and your ability to learn."
Dickerson is the first Grand Prairie teacher to win the Milken Award.