Pearl River Central teacher surprised with $25,000 Milken Education Award

Pearl River Central High School teacher Chayna Adams received the surprise of a lifetime today.

This morning, she was awarded a $25,000 Milken Educator Award at an assembly in the school gym.

The Milken Awards, created in 1987, recognize teaching excellence to inspire educators, students, and communities about the teaching profession.

Called the ‘Oscars of teaching,’ the award is presented at more than 60 schools across the country.

Adams, PRC students, and staff thought they were assembled to receive congratulations from the State Department of Education for the school’s algebra 1 scores.

Instead, they surprised Adams and recognized her for her work as a model educator. Adams said, “This is incredible and I am only the educator that I am because of the Blue Devils family and y’all have made me into the educator that I am and allowed me leadership roles. And we have the best kids we could ever want to teach on this campus. So, thank you for making our job easy because we love you and we know that you guys love us so we can only be as amazing as you are and thank you so much for that.”

Oprah Winfrey also had a special message for the recipients of the Milken Educator Award this year. ‘You are creating positive ripples in the lives of your students that will continue to impact them in ways you may never know.’

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