Memphis Teacher Takes Home $25,000 Prize

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(Memphis) Hard work pays off big for a Memphis school teacher.

A Knight Road Elementary School teacher beat out hundreds of teachers from across the country for a national honor.

This morning, Josalyn Tresvant-McGhee got the news that she was one of four teachers  who had won the $25,000 dollar Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.

More than 600 teachers nationwide applied.

The special education teacher was recognized for what she has done to help children who have fallen behind.

“I’m humbled, I’m honored and feel a sense of responsibility to live up to what this prize means and to be everything I need to be for my students,” said Tresvant-McGhee.

Tresvant-McGhee will also spend some time in New York City this Summer with the other winners and write a paper about what she is doing in the classroom that is working.

“It’s exciting to maybe be the voice of teachers everywhere,” said Tresvant-McGhee

She hasn’t decided yet how she will spend the money, but says some of it will go back into the classroom.

The Fishman Prize is being awarded by the Memphis based The New Teacher Project.

The other winners are from Chicago, Illinois, Newark, New Jersey and Donna, Texas.