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$25,000 And An Internship Awarded to Expert Teachers

Four teachers have been announced as the first recipients of the Fishman Prize from the New Teacher Project (TNTP), a teacher-training group. They'll each be awarded $25,000 and get the chance to participate in a summer internship with the organization.

Before you say, "not another teacher contest," this one is interesting because TNTP has designed it with the idea of spreading effective teaching practices. The summer residency program—designed so the winning teachers don't miss any class time—will involve working with other teachers to improve technique and producing a paper to be published by TNTP. Shira Fishman, a 2011 District of Columbia teacher of the year for whom the contest is named, will be on hand for the six-week internship.

The winners are:

  • Katie Lyons, a 6th-9th grade literacy and social studies teacher at National Teachers Academy in Chicago;
  • James Irish, an 8th grade math teacher at KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans;
  • Leslie Ross, an 9th grade biology teacher at Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, N.C.; and
  • Whitney Henderson, a 7th grade writing teacher at KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans.
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