Few teachers get national recognition for creative and innovative teaching strategies, yet last week Tiffany Tynes Curry became one of the elite.
Curry is a third grader teacher at Weinland Park Elementary School. She was surprised with the prestigious Milken Educator Award for her contributions to the personal development of students and teachers alike.
The honor is a nationwide preeminent teacher recognition program where more than 2,600 exemplary teachers, principals and specialists have been surprised with the accolade. The reward comes with a $25,000 cash prize for teachers to use at their discretion.
“The Milken Award is rather coveted in the education community and truly, it is the Oscar of teaching,” said Dr. Dan Good, Columbus City Schools Superintendent and CEO. “For a Columbus City Schools teacher to be named a Milken Award recipient is certainly representative of the hard work of the 9,000 plus staff in the capital city’s number one District.”
Tynes Curry is one of 35 honorees for the 2016-2017 school year. She is the only winner for Ohio this year and the first from Columbus City Schools since 2002.
According to the Milken Educator Awards website, “Tynes Curry's students thrive under her tutelage at Weinland Park, a pre-K through fifth-grade school in Columbus, serving a largely African-American student body, where 86 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Working proactively to align with Ohio's changing assessments, her students earn two years' worth of growth by year's end.”
Tynes Curry is known for teaching her math students how to develop their own mathematical theories to solve problems. She also takes a holistic approach to peer learning. Her third-graders are paired with pre-Kindergarteners as a way of instituting academic and social leadership skills.
A bio provided by the Milken Educators Award website says, Tynes Curry earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Wittenberg University and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University.
She is currently working toward a Doctorate of Education in teacher leadership at Walden University.