One Plus One Equals Two BW Winners
Jennifer McCalla ’02 MAEd. is the only teacher in Ohio to receive the National Education Award this year from the Milken Family Foundation. The $25,000 prize is presented to teachers whose skills are effective and who have gone above and beyond their work in the classroom. She joins only 49 others (one per state) recognized for their accomplishments.
McCalla teaches mathematics at Normandy High School in Parma. During her tenure as chair of the department, student proficiency in math on the Ohio Graduation Test increased to 93.5 percent compared with a state average of 81.4 percent. She also has received recognition for excellence in teaching from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and the Ohio Council of Teachers.
Stacey Timmons Higgins ’94, who received an Outstanding Educator Award from BW last year, was Ohio’s 2008 winner of the Milken Award. She is a Title I Reading Specialist for Ridge Elementary School in Bowling Green. She, was credited for helping to increase the number of fourth graders passing the state achievement tests from 66.7 percent to 95.5 percent.
EQUALS WINNERS ALL AROUND
“The Division of Education is very proud of these outstanding teachers,” said Karen Kaye, director of BW’s Division of Education. “ We hope that they serve as models and sources of inspiration for our current students and alums alike.”