D.C. teacher wins $25,000 education award

Ketcham Elementary School math teacher Milton Bryant, left, wins a $25,000 education award, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

A major surprise for a Southeast Washington teacher deserving of recognition. Ketcham Elementary School Principal Maisha Riddlesprigger told ABC7 News, "He's grown and developed into one of our most outstanding teachers. He truly cares about his students."

Ketcham math teacher Milton Bryant wins a $25,000 cash prize and a summer residency for a job well done. Richard Green is a partner with TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project); the organization that offers the prize.

"The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is a national award that recognizes four extraordinary teachers," he explained.

Ten-year-old Zaniya Colvin shared, "I think he deserves it cause he's like a really, really, good teacher; a very fun teacher." This is the second education prize this year for Bryant who in March won the $5,000 Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching. Green continued, "The students in his classroom are achieving based on the PARCC exam four times the average of schools in surrounding communities."

Bryant takes no credit. "This award is meaningful to me because of my students. At the end of the day this is all about the kids and community I serve, he offered. "Now that he's won the award, his students in the Ward 8 community see him a bit differently. Fourth Grader Tye'zaeha Garvin explained how he now views Bryant. "A rich teacher!" he declared.

Bryant has worked as a teacher for D.C. Public Schools since 2011.

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