The award is given to just 44 teachers across the country and comes with a $25,000 cash prize. The announcement was made at as assembly on Tuesday that morning that was captured on camera by PIX11.
By inspiring students to make math music videos, giving up her lunch hour to tutor students and singing songs about Pi, seventh-grade teacher Toni Ann Palmisano is performing miracles with her classes at New Jersey’s Secaucus Middle School. It all adds up to success, as her students’ test numbers have risen every year since her arrival.
“I do what I do because I love every single moment of it,” she told the assembly crowd on Tuesday. “I don’t even feel like I work a day in my life. And I mean that.”