Friday, October 20th was an incredibly special day for Plymouth North Eagles -- past and present. Mrs. Shelley Terry, ELA Teacher at Plymouth North High School, was honored as a Milken Educator of Massachusetts, and recognized as one of the BEST teachers throughout the entire country!
The PNHS band and A Cappella group, Northern Lights, pumped up the whole-school crowd with their musical talents. As everyone settled in, PNHS Principal, Mr. Peter Parcellin, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Campbell, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner, Jeffrey C. Riley, spoke individually to help set the scene for the prestigious honor about to be bestowed upon Mrs. Terry. Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President, Dr. Jane Foley, introduced a select few PNHS students who explained that one particularly outstanding teacher was about to receive this great honor -- along with $25,000.
Mrs. Terry has been an educator at North for 17 years, teaching broadcast journalism with the Plymouth North News crew, on top of teaching numerous multi-level English courses. Shelley is not only a teacher, but also ELA Department Head, advisor to the school newspaper and more clubs, mentor to many teachers, and an all-around respected and beloved person. Mrs. Terry is a strong and passionate leader who encourages students and teachers to see their full potential through learning.
Mrs. Terry graciously thanked her school community: "I think the thing that's great about this award is how amazing all these educators are at PNHS. All day today, people have been running down the hallways, wondering to see what potentially this could be... and the best part is, every person had so many different names to list today. And I think that really testifies to the hard work that every single teacher does at this school, and I'm so proud to be your colleague."
The Milken Educator Awards, created by Lowell Milken in 1987, have rewarded and inspired excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards. This award targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.
CONGRATULATIONS MRS. TERRY! Your entire school community is bursting with pride, and we truly could not be happier for you.
To watch the full length ceremony, view the live stream provided by Plymouth EDTV.