Milken Educator Award Presented To Frederick High Math Teacher

She received the honor during a school assembly on Thursday.

Maggie Arnold (center) being presented with a $25,000 award (Photo from the Frederick County School System)

Frederick, Md (KM) A Frederick High math teacher was honored on Thursday. During an assembly at the school, Maggie Arnold was announced as the recipient of the 2023 Milken Educator Award. She was presented with a $25,000 unrestricted award.

During the assembly, Milken representative Greg Gallagher announced that  Arnold was the winner of this award.

“Teaching is what I was meant to do,” Arnold said, clearly touched band surprised by the announcement, according to a news release from Frederick County Public Schools. Arnold emigrated to the United States as a youth, who found her calling as a math teacher.

The Milken Education Awards were created by philanthropist Lowell Milken in 1987 to honor early and mid-career education professionals for their achievements, and support what they hope to accomplish in the future.

2,992 Milken Educator Awards have been presented over the years.

The first one in Frederick County was presented in 2015 to Yellow Springs Elementary School teacher Maggie Hawk, who was in the audience during Thursday’s announcement.

Arnold is in her fourth year as a math teacher at Frederick High School. . She also advises  the Asian-American Alliance. She is known for being both demanding and encouraging to students, telling them anything is possible if they’re willing to work for it, FCPS  says.

On hand for the presentation were Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, Doctor Cheryl Dyson, Interim State Superintendent Doctor Carey Wright, and local elected officials.

By Kevin McManus