A Woodbridge teacher was recognized for her teaching excellence, with an award and a $25,000 check.
According to a Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) release, Lauren Anne Wilson – a C.D. Hylton High School math teacher – was honored with the Milken Educator Award. She is the seventh PWCS teacher to do so, according to a release.
The Milken Educator award is a “program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country… the Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future,” according to the Milken Educator Awards website.
Wilson was given the award and check at a surprise school assembly, according to a release. Several school administrators made glowing comments about Wilson’s teaching experience.
“Ms. Wilson’s talent and determination are delivering great returns for the students and staff at Hylton. We are tremendously proud of what she’s accomplished and that she is now the seventh Prince William County Public Schools teacher to receive the Milken award. Few other school systems have such an illustrious team,” stated Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts in a release.
“Lauren’s career exemplifies caring, leadership, and initiative. She is a continuous learner and motivator, researching and implementing innovative practices that help students excel while sharing her knowledge, wisdom, and friendship with teachers just entering the field,” stated Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steven R. Staples in a release.
More on Wilson’s background, from a release:
Lauren Wilson knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher and decided to focus on high school math after discovering her gift for tutoring her peers while in high school. Today she pushes the limit of what her Advanced Placement Calculus BC, Functions/Analytic Geometry, and Algebra I students believe they can learn, while instilling the confidence to succeed in and out of the classroom. Her students’ Advanced Placement scores have remained consistently high, whatever the number of students in her class, with 90 percent or more receiving qualifying scores of 3 or higher over all the years of her teaching. She is known for her ability to motivate, inspire, and engage students and colleagues alike. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education from the University of Mary Washington. For the first 12 years of her career, Lauren coached varsity soccer, varsity volleyball, and JV volleyball.