From 3.5 million active K–12 teachers, we’ve selected ten of the very best.
These finalists have proven themselves to reflect the educational spirit and rigor of the namesakes of the prize, legendary AP calculus teacher Jaime Escalante, whose story was featured in the film Stand & Deliver, and Henry Gradillas, his principal, who gave Escalante the freedom and support to be the best.
The ten finalists:
Socorro Ament — Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Anaheim, California
Tammy DeVries — Sequoia Middle School, Fontana, California
Christine Girtain — Toms River High School South, Toms River, New Jersey
Ashley Greenway — Elm Street Elementary, Rome, Georgia
Leticia Ingram — Basalt High School, Basalt, Colorado
Michael Kosko — Al Raby School for Community and Environment, Chicago, Illinois
Jayda Pugliese — Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jose Octavio Rivas, Jr. — Lennox Mathematics, Science & Technology Academy, Lennox, California
Mitchell Smith — Kentridge High School, Kent, Washington
Anthony Yom — Abraham Lincoln High School, Los Angeles, California
Detailed information about the 2016 finalists:
10 Stellar Teachers: Meet the 2016 Escalante-Gradillas Prize Best in Education Finalists
Additional details about the Escalante–Gradillas Prize for Best in Education and media contact information:
Escalante-Gradillas $20,000 Prize for Best in Education
On Oct. 26, 2016, TheBestSchools.org will select one of these ten teachers to be awarded $10,000, with the winner’s school receiving an additional $10,000 grant. So, please check back then for the exciting selection of our pick as one of America’s best teachers!