Making the Grade: Milam and Chick

"A good teacher is like a candle -- it consumes itself to light the way for others." Meet the two newest educators to receive this year's Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence and see how they are lighting the way. Cordova kindergarten teacher Angela Milam's class is called "Milam's Marvelous Monkeys". Her peers say she leads her students on their first magical journey into education by filling their days with adventures. Milam said, "I just want the students to remember me as this being a wonderful experience and for them to think they loved school, that this was the very first part of coming to school." Fox Meadows' Allyson Chick has only been teaching four years, but she's already founded the school's student ambassador board and received two Rotary Teacher Initiative Grants. But the 4th grade teacher considers herself just a small part of her students' successful learning triangle. Chick said, "I want them to learn from each other, I want them to see each other as teachers and to be motivated and inspired by each other and not just me. So I feel like I'm more of a coach or a facilitator of their learning." The third part of Chick's triangle is parental involvement. She used a Rotary grant to study Spanish in Mexico to encourage more participation among the community's growing population of Spanish speaking parents.