Longtime city teacher is surprised with $25,000 award

September 19, 1998

A longtime Baltimore first-grade teacher was surprised yesterday with a $25,000 national award for her work in raising reading scores and stressing science in all of her reading and writing assignments.

Stephanie Terry, who teaches at Ashburton Elementary School, received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in ceremonies at the school. Ashburton is one of the city schools identified by the state as a failing school because of its low test scores, but Terry's first-graders are able to read at a third-grade level, state officials said.

State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and Robert Booker, the city schools chief, presented the no-strings-attached cash award. Terry has been teaching for more than 20 years.

She is one of four Maryland teachers and 152 across the country to receive the award. Others honored this week were: Richard Melzer, principal of Kenilworth Elementary School in Prince George's County; Theresa Burdette, choral music teacher at Barnsley Elementary School in Montgomery County; and Roberta Derr Leaverton, a special education teacher at Bayside Elementary School in Queen Anne's County.

Pub Date: 9/19/98

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