2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 10 of 44 Florida Dale Adamson


Math teacher Dale Adamson got the surprise of a lifetime on December 15, 2017, at Howard D. McMillan Middle School in Miami. Florida's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award recipient got an enthusiastic ovation from students and staff, who chanted "ADAMSON! ADAMSON!" at the top of their lungs. When the veteran Milken Educators introduced themselves to the assembly, another surprise: a reunion with Mark Tohulka (FL '01), who was one of Dale's high school teachers at MAST Academy.

As cameras and microphones surrounded Dale, a reporter asked him what he considers the best part of teaching. "The reward every single day," he replied. "When they do something that absolutely blows you out of the water. When they come up with an idea you never could have thought of. When they understand a difficult concept right off the bat ... or even when they don't, and they work through it, struggle with it and persevere."


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