Angela Boxie, a sixth-grade math teacher at Edgar Martin Middle School in Lafayette, was honored Thursday as one of only 44 teachers to be honored this year with the Milken Educator award.
The award, which comes with a $25,000 check, is the first for a teacher in Lafayette Parish, according to the Milken Family Foundation.
Boxie is the school's math department chair, sixth-grade team leader, math club sponsor and girls’ basketball coach. Out in the community, she volunteers at the local library and has participated in a summer camp program for Advancing Mathematics Excellence, aiding high-performing math students from low-performing schools.
Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken surprised her Thursday at an all-school assembly.
“Angela Boxie is a tireless champion for reaching every student,” Milken said. “Her practices of reflecting and revising instructional methodologies are shared with fellow faculty and enhance success for the whole school.”
Boxie considers it her greatest accomplishment whenever a student declares, “I enjoy math.”
Her student-centered conceptual approach utilizes real-life scenarios and problem-solving opportunities that empower students to be a “community of learners” with her as the facilitator. As a result, the math index for her regular education classes was ranked among the top 25 percent in the district while her advanced class ranked in the top 1 percent. Her sixth-grade math scores typically exceed district averages by 24 percent and the state’s by 32 percent.
Boxie mentors new teachers as well as field students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she earned her second master's degree. She was among only 17 teachers who qualified for the Louisiana Department of Education’s Elementary Mathematics Specialist certification in 2015.
Boxie earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2002 and her first master's degree in 2011. She earned the second master’s degree plus 30 graduate hours with a specialization in math from UL-Lafayette in 2015.
In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, the 2017-18 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., on March 20-23.
Educators cannot apply for this recognition and do not even know they are under consideration. Candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then are reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education.