Two Mason Alumni Win National Educator Awards

Posted: October 30, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Half of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards presented by the Virginia Department of Education this year went to George Mason alumni. Cynthia Baird, a 1998 graduate of the Graduate School of Education, and Colin Brown, a 1993 M.A. in Telecommunications graduate, are two of four Virginia educators selected to receive the national award. The award program, dubbed “the Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, comes with an unrestricted $25,000 prize from the Milken Family Foundation.

Baird, a math teacher at Brentsville District Middle-Senior High School, Nokesville, received national board certification for her work in mathematics instruction and has won several local awards for the performance of her students on Advanced Placement calculus tests. She designed Brentsville’s integrated algebra and geometry program and was an instructor this year at the Virginia Department of Education’s Summer Standards of Learning Institute at James Madison University.

Brown, assistant principal at Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, serves as an instructional leader in English and social studies in addition to his administrative role. He has developed strategies to close the achievement gap between white and minority students at Washington-Lee, where minority students make up 66 percent of the student body, and is a member of the school’s African-American Student Achievement Committee.

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards were established in 1985 to highlight and promote the teaching profession. This year’s award winners will receive their $25,000 prizes in June 2002 at the foundation’s national education conference in Los Angeles.

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