Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 21 of 33
Amanda Robertson (NC '16) | Fourth-grade math teacher, Jones Intermediate School | Mount Airy, NC
Date of Award: December 8, 2016
Amanda Robertson has been an agent of change for her school and district. When Mount Airy City Schools received a $1.6 million MAPSS (Math and Project-Based Learning for Student Success) grant, Robertson was one of three teachers in the first cohort to transform her teaching from teaching-centered to student-centered and implement project-based learning (PBL). Assessments have captured impressive results: Grade-level proficiency improved from 50% to 63.56%, and Robertson's students exceeded the average by more than 10 percentage points. Jones Intermediate, a high-need school where 64% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch, scores in the top 4% of all elementary schools in North Carolina.
On the day of Amanda's surprise Award notification, Amanda's husband Justin, the district technology coordinator for Mount Airy City Schools, was working behind the scenes. He had no idea the assembly had been set up to honor his spouse. Colleagues saw Justin pacing behind the curtains as the assembly unfolded and the suspense mounted. When Amanda's name was called, Justin's head fell into his lap; he made his way up to the front of the room during the long ovation for a celebratory embrace.
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