VIDEO: Fairport Harbor science teacher wins major award

(Lake County) - An exceptional Fairport Harbor teacher received the surprise of a lifetime with an unrestricted $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

The award was made at 9 o'clock this morning to science instructor Nathan Yaussy at in the gymnasium at Harding Early College High School in Fairport Harbor.

During a school assembly, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria joined National Institute for Excellence in Teaching CEO Dr. Candice McQueen to present the Award, which recognized the work of Yaussy as a model for the state and nation.

Yaussy tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that was is totally surprised and never thought he would be the winner.

“I can think of no better way to celebrate National STEM Day than to honor exceptional science teachers like Nathan Yaussy,” said Dr. McQueen, who presented the award on behalf of the Milken Family Foundation. “Nathan makes learning tangible and exciting, both in and out of the classroom. With every lesson, students develop critical skills to think deeply and make the world a better place. As part of the National Milken Educator Network of excellence, Nathan will have a platform to broaden his impact and influence.”

This is the only Milken Educator Award to be given in Ohio this 2019-20 season and the first in the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District.

The Milken Educator Awards, created by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987, recognizes teaching excellence publicly not only to inspire educators, but also students and entire communities about the importance of joining the teaching profession.

The high honor is being presented this 2019-20 season at up to 40 schools across the nation, has been described as “the Oscars of teaching” by Teacher magazine.

(Photos by Milken Family Foundation)

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