Posted: Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:23am Updated: Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:25am

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that Melody Coryell of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis Public Schools has been honored as a recipient of the Milken Educator Award. The award is given by the Milken Family Foundation and along with national recognition, includes a $25,000 cash prize.

“I am honored to present Melody Coryell with a Milken Educator Award,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Melody prepares her students to be global citizens through a high-quality, international curriculum. And as a teacher-leader, she supports and encourages her colleagues to ensure that students are receiving an education of the highest quality. As Indiana’s schools continue to experience a teacher shortage, now more than ever it is important to recognize the work of outstanding educators like Melody and to encourage the next generation to follow her example.”

The Milken Educator Awards, conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession, is the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program. Since 1987, the Milken Family Foundation has devoted more than $137 million in funding to the Milken Educator Awards, including over $66 million in individual Awards to more than 2,600 recipients plus powerful professional development opportunities and networking with leading education stakeholders.

“Melody Coryell developed a passion for education at a very young age. Today, she is changing the lives of teachers and students every day,” said Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards. “At Shortridge High School, Melody opens students’ eyes and minds to the world of learning, drawing from the diverse thoughts of literary greats around the globe. Because of her instruction, students not only enjoy a rich education, but also hold a deep understanding and respect for others that they will carry through life.”

Coryell is an English teacher and the coordinator of Shortridge High School’s International Baccalaureate program. As a teacher-leader, Coryell coordinates a mentorship program and professional development sessions for all Shortridge faculty. She received bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Ball State in 2001, as well as a teaching degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013. Coryell also received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Butler University earlier this year. She joins more than 60 other Hoosier educators who have received the Milken Educator Award since 1993.

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