Nashville School of the Arts English Teacher Misty Ayres-Miranda was selected for a national Milken Educator Award, giving honor to her exceptional commitment to teaching and the work she does in and out of the classroom, the Milken Family Foundation announced on Tuesday, November 10.
The award, which rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with a $25,000 cash prize, was presented in a surprise ceremony by state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching CEO Gary Stark.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure that Tennessee students are prepared to succeed after high school, and Misty Ayres-Miranda is working every day to help her students get there,” state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said. “She has gone above and beyond to support and encourage students in and out of her classroom.”
Ayres-Miranda teaches ninth- and twelfth-grade students English, Honors English, and AP English Literature and chairs the department. She also created and directs the school’s new Literary Arts Conservatory, designed to provide students with opportunities to perform, write and produce plays and films. In this program, teens learn to express themselves in a large variety of mediums. The students also perform with several local arts organizations, such as the Country Music Association and the Nashville Symphony.
Outside of class, Ayres-Miranda is a student council advisor, serves on the school executive leadership team, and often mentors current and new teachers. A talented performer in her own right, she is a vocalist for NSA jazz ensemble, and serves as a bilingual Spanish interpreter for family and community members from South America.
In Tennessee, 63 educators have been recognized since the Milken Award program began in the state in 1992. Over the past 23 years, the national program has awarded more than $1.5 million to Tennessee educators.
View photos from the event by visiting the Milken Family Foundation website.
Read the full news release: Music City Is Home to a Teaching Star.