The second winner is Allison Cuttler, who teaches high school math and computer science at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. Cuttler is an advocate for STEM education and project-based learning, and she rose to the challenge of starting a new AP Computer Science course in the school even though none of the students had ever had any coding experience. Her commitment to building a culture of computer science at the school paid off. In that first course, students achieved a 67% pass rate, tied with the national average. In addition, they have averaged over 600 on the SAT math section, posting some of the highest results in the school’s history. The trailblazing teacher also founded an afterschool “Girls Who Code” club, which has become one of the school’s most popular organizations.
Milken award winners receive $25,000 for their use, with no restrictions. New recipients are invited to join the Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,600 distinguished educators and business leaders from around the country.