At Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jay Weisman has taught both math and social studies with a creative flourish that translates to consistent student progress. In a surprise school assembly today, his innovation in the classroom was celebrated with a national Milken Educator Award. The honor includes a $25,000 cash prize that Weisman can use however he wishes.
Milken Educator Awards Founder Lowell Milken was joined by Louisiana Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley to present Weisman with the prestigious recognition before cheering students, appreciative colleagues, federal, state and local dignitaries, and media. Weisman is among more than 60 educators across the country who will receive the Award during the 2021-22 season. The last NOLA Public Schools recipient was awarded in 2017.
In addition to today's fanfare, Weisman will join a national network of more than 2,800 Milken Educator Award recipients dedicated to strengthening K-12 education.
"Jay Weisman’s multifaceted approach to teaching ensures that students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become reflective, productive citizens," said Lowell Milken. "Beyond the classroom, Jay is a strong advocate for students and a valuable asset to colleagues. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jay into the national Milken Educator Network of excellence."
Hailed as the "Oscars of Teaching," Milken Educator Awards inspire and uplift with the unique stories of educators making a profound difference for students, colleagues and communities. The Awards are not designated for lifetime achievement. Recipients are heralded while early to mid-career for what they have achieved — and for the promise of what they will accomplish given the resources and opportunities inherent in the Award.
"Ben Franklin teacher Jay Weisman uses his ingenuity and enthusiasm to engage his high school math and social studies students in fun activities while maintaining high standards," said State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. "The Department is proud to celebrate his commitment to his school and to the New Orleans community."
To find out more about Jay Weisman, visit the the Milken Educator Award website.
“In every endeavor, people make the difference, and just one person has the power to make a profound difference in the lives of so many people.” - Lowell Milken