December 17, 2014

Chambersburg educator receives national award

Going above and beyond for students inside and outside the classroom earned Chambersburg EA member Michael Baum a prestigious 2014 Milken Educator Award. 

Baum, a second-grade teacher at Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Chambersburg Area School District, Franklin County, received the award as part of a special school wide assembly. Along with being named an honoree, Baum received an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize from the Milken Foundation.



The Milken Educator Award honors K-12 teachers across the country. The Milken Foundation has awarded more than $65 million to more than 26,000 educators since 1987, including 53 educators from Pennsylvania.

Milken and Pennsylvania Department of Education officials cited Baum's hands-on learning strategies in the classroom, and monitoring and realigning instruction to meet the needs of his students. They also noted Baum's outstanding efforts to connect with parents in and out of school, and mentors former students and new teachers.

"Michael Baum, quite literally, goes the extra mile for his students," said Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards. “Mr. Baum is committed to creating a positive, nurturing environment in and outside of the classroom, often offering to walk students home to make sure that they arrive safely. Inside the classroom, students are consistently engaged through hands-on projects and virtual field trips that bring science to life."

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