Louisville, KENTUCKY – According to the state officials, her name is Charlotte Buskill and she was presented with the award, which includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize, in a surprise ceremony at her school that included students, faculty, and district and community leaders.
Officials also said that the award was presented by Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Jane Foley.
Kentucky Board of Education member Patrice McCrary also was present for the celebration.
Buskill has taught at Newton Parrish Elementary School since 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in literacy education from Western University Kentucky. She is currently pursing her National Board certification.
Buskill believes in cultivating good relationships with her students and their families. Her colleagues also praise her for for creating individualized plans for each student, especially when it comes to reading comprehension.
Buskill’s influence reaches beyond the classroom. She sponsors the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) after school club and often incorporates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities into her homeroom, exposing students to multiple STEM activities throughout the year.