2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 17 of 44 Louisiana Theresa Cross


Students and staff brought the house down with their applause and cheers when we surprised TAP Master Teacher Theresa Cross with a Milken Educator Award and $25,000 at InspireNOLA Charter Schools' Alice M. Harte Charter School in New Orleans. With Theresa's guidance, students are soaring at Alice Harte, especially in math. On end-of-course exam scores, Cross's eighth-grade math and Algebra I students consistently achieve a 100% passing rate, giving them a head start and math credits for high school. "This moment is absolutely surreal," Theresa told the assembly when she had caught her breath. "I don't teach to be recognized. ... All I need is for my students to come back to me in 20 years and tell me what they're doing. That's all I need."


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