Annapolis algebra teacher honored with $25,000 Milken Award

The Milken Family Foundation recently recognized Felton with the $25,000 Milken Educator Award. (ABC7)

Annapolis High School algebra teacher Allison Felton is making an impact in education.

Josh Jacoby heads the math department at the school and spoke highly of his co-worker.

"She is by far, I think, one of the most dynamic teachers I have ever witnessed," he told ABC7 News.

Senior Kayla Ngo said, "Out of all the teachers I've had, she made math the most enjoyable subject which is why it's my favorite. "

Principal Sue Chittim is equally as impressed. "She just goes from wherever the student is and she moves them forward with a no excuses day-in day-out mentality," she said.

Now the nation is taking notice. The Milken Family Foundation recently recognized Felton with the $25,000 Milken Educator Award. The honor seeks to expose the need for able, caring and creative people in the teaching profession.

"For me, it's finally a recognition of all of the hard work I've actually put in," Felton said.

Felton, who also teaches Calculus at Annapolis High, shared her winning equation. "Inspiration plus work ethic equals student success," she said.

17-year-old Jalen Hawkins credits Felton with his success in AP Calculus. "She makes math fun. Genuinely fun. If it wasn't for her I probably would be failing," he said.

Felton has been an educator for six years and is known for offering students an organized, positive environment. Her advice to other teachers?

"Get a structure, get a routine. If the students are knowing what they're walking into every day the chance of disruptiveness or having any issues delivering the content are less," she said.

Felton is one of 44 people around the country to receive the 2017-18 Milken Educator Award this year.

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