An Indianapolis Public Schools teacher has been named a recipient of the national Milken Educator Award. The Milken Family Foundation says the honor for Shortridge High School English teacher Melody Coryell is part of its nationwide program to "celebrate exemplary teachers for their contributions to our nation’s future."
Coryell is also coordinates Shortridge High School’s International Baccalaureate program. She holds degrees from Ball State University, Indiana Wesleyan University and Butler University. She was honored today by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. The honor includes a $25,000 cash prize.
The Milken Family Foundation focuses on attracting, retaining and motivating talent to the teaching profession. The organization has devoted more than $137 million in funding to the Milken Educator Awards over the years, including more than $66 million in cash prizes to more than 2,600 winners.