Dion Jones thought he was entering Fairland Elementary School’s gymnasium for assembly. Educator Awards are referred to as the “Oscars of teaching”. Jones is the sole recipient of the award in Maryland this school year. He joins a class of 40 other educators across the country being honored. Derek Jones was selected for the $25,000 Milken Educator Award.
He began his teaching career at Fairland High School six years ago. To date, about 2,900 educators have received the award, with prizes totaling over $73 million.