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Edgar Martin math teacher wins national award

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Angela Boxie, a sixth-grade math teacher at Edgar Martin Middle School, was surprised with a Milken Educator award.

The award, which comes with a $25,000 check, is the first for a teacher in Lafayette Parish, according to the Milken Family Foundation. She is one of only 44 honored this year. 

According to a release from the foundation, Boxie is the school's math department chair, sixth-grade team leader, math club sponsor and girls’ basketball coach. Out in the community, she volunteers at the local library and has participated in a summer camp program for Advancing Mathematics Excellence, aiding high-performing math students from low-performing schools. 

Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken surprised her today at an all-school assembly.

“Angela Boxie is a tireless champion for reaching every student,” said Milken. “Her practices of reflecting and revising instructional methodologies are shared with fellow faculty and enhance success for the whole school. I am confident that Angela will profoundly impact future generations of students, and I look forward to having an instructor of her caliber enter and contribute to the Milken Educator Network.”

Boxie considers it her greatest accomplishment whenever a student declares, “I enjoy math.” Her student-centered conceptual approach utilizes real-life scenarios and problem-solving opportunities that empower students to be a “community of learners” with her as the facilitator. As a result, the math index for her regular education classes was ranked among the top 25 percent in the district while her advanced class ranked in the top one percent. Her sixth-grade math scores typically exceed district averages by 24 percent and the state’s by 32 percent.

In addition to her leadership positions at the school, Boxie is a dedicated presenter during teacher in-services and state conferences. She mentors new teachers as well as field students from her alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was among only 17 teachers who qualified for the Louisiana Department of Education’s Elementary Mathematics Specialist certification in 2015. This credential is known to signify a level of proficiency in mathematics and content knowledge that parallels only a select group of teaching professionals.

Boxie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2002 and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2011, both from Southern University and A&M College. She earned a master’s degree plus 30 graduate hours with a specialization in math from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015. Boxie is a member of both the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) and the National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM).

More information about Boxie, plus links to photos and a video from today’s assembly, can be found on the Milken Educator Awards website here

Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to the $25,000 prize and public recognition, Boxie’s honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.

In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2017-18 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., March 20-23, 2018. Educators will have the opportunity to network with their new colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about maximizing their leadership roles to advance educator effectiveness.

The Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators. Unlike most teacher recognition programs, the Milken Educator Award is completely unique: Educators cannot apply for this recognition and do not even know they are under consideration. Candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then are reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. Those most exceptional are recommended for the Award, with final approval by the Milken Family Foundation.

The very first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation 30 years ago in 1987. The Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.

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