Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 19 of 33 Maryland - Thomas Dennison

Thomas Dennison (MD '16) | Fifth-grade teacher, Havre de Grace Elementary School | Havre de Grace, MD

Date of Award: December 1, 2016

Thomas Dennison has taught multiple grades during his 14 years at Havre de Grace Elementary, and he says he plans to be there for decades to come. A fixture in the community with four children of his own, Thomas goes to students' sporting events, sees them at the park, and attends church with them; former students have described him as the teacher who changed their lives. On the day of his surprise notification, Thomas was so emotional when his name was called that he sank to the floor for a long moment before moving to the front of the assembly to shake Mike Milken's hand. After the assembly, Thomas gathered his students around him, pulled out his phone, and let his class help him break the good news to his wife via FaceTime. "The students in my classroom carry themselves differently now," says Thomas. "They see themselves as 'award-winning' and feel like they have a standard to live up to."

More about Thomas: Bio | Photos | Video | Spotlight interview

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