Disney Awards Teacher Top Honor
Published: November 20, 2005 | 2783rd good news item since 2003
A Lakeland teacher was honored Saturday for helping her students reach out to tsunami victims, wheelchair-bound children and others in need.
Maggie Miller, a writing coach at Medulla Elementary School, was awarded the top prize at Disney’s 16th annual Teacherriffic Awards ceremony at Walt Disney World. [The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World]
She will receive $15,000, while Medulla Elementary will be presented with $7,500.
Miller was singled out for her program, “Peace in Motion,” designed to teach kids compassion. Projects included raising money to buy wheelchairs for children in one of Lakeland’s sister cities, Balti, Moldova.
Students also created care packages and raised more than $800 for devastated tsunami victims.
The awards recognize innovative classroom programs at schools in five Central Florida counties. Winners are chosen by a panel of education and community leaders. [What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most]
One teacher or group of teachers was awarded the top Disney Teacherriffic Award from each county.
Each county also boasted two Special Judges Awards and two Outstanding Program Awards. Twenty additional Top Program Awards were also distributed.