BALTIMORE - Baltimore City College English teacher Mark Miazga received the surprise of a lifetime Thursday.
During a school-wide assembly to recognize the school for its "school making a difference" status from the Harvard Review and for being named Best High School in America by Newsweek five consecutive years, Miazga was also honored.
The teacher got a little extra cash in his pocket, $25,000 to be exact, as he received the 2013-14 Milken Educator Award (MEA).
Miazga joins about 40 of America's most outstanding secondary school educators who will receive the honor in 2013- 14. He is the only Maryland recipient.
"It's passionate educators like Mark Miazga that make Maryland's schools some of the best in the nation," said Lt. Governor Brown. "By continuing to work together to support our educators and protect critical investments in our schools, we provide the pathway to success for every young Marylander.
Mark Miazga's English classroom has been described as a place where "students come to understand what being smart and thinking for oneself is about."
Miazga is in his 13th year of teaching at Baltimore City College, a college prep high school made up largely of minority students.