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DC Teacher Named National University 2021 Teacher of the Year, Awarded Check For $50,000

This educator is receiving his flowers in a huge way! Alex Diasgranados is the DC teacher who just received a $50,000 check for his work in the education system, reports BLACK ENTERPRISE. His work at Aiton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. has earned him numerous awards and now it’s landed him National University 2021 Teacher of the Year. “I couldn’t have been more excited to receive this news from none other than my friend Drew Barrymore who sent a crew to my house to present the award,” shared Diasgranados via Instagram.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Alejandro Diasgranados (@thatdcteacher) No stranger to The Drew Barrymore Show, Diasgranados made his first appearance on the show last year to talk about his work in education. “This community has been underserved for several years,” said Diasgranados. “However, this community is filled with such cultural wealth. My personal mission has always been to give my students access to a variety of people, programs,...

Shanique Yates

Apr 5, 2021

Darrion Cockrell Joined A Gang At Age 10. Now, He's Missouri's Teacher of the Year

By age 10, Darrion Cockrell was in a gang, bu now, the Missouri educator is the Teacher of the Year, named by the Missouri Department of Education in October. According to CNN, Cockrell is a physical education teacher at Crestwood Elementary who endured a hard upbringing in St. Louis. “I was born to a drug-addicted mother who had two of her six kids by the age of 16,” Cockrell said. “My father was murdered when I was 4, and I began my journey in and out of the foster care system not long after my 6th birthday.” As a result, he turned to the streets but credits his teachers who set him on a better path. For that, he helps guides his own students “towards long-term physical and mental wellness.” “Missouri is fortunate to have so many high-quality educators, and Darrion will be a wonderful representative as our state’s Teacher of the Year,” said Margie Vandeven, the state’s commissioner of education. In his acceptance speech, Cockrell expresses the power educators have to change the...

Niki McGloster

Dec 15, 2020