Garner teacher surprised with national award, $25,000

Posted November 14, 2012

— Tiffany Lachenmayr, a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, was surprised with a national teaching award Wednesday.

Lachenmayr is among the nation's 40 most recent recipients of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which comes with a $25,000 check, which she can use however she wants, and membership in a network of more than 2,500 past recipients from across the nation.

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State Superintendent June Atkinson and other high-ranking school officials surprised Lachenmayr during a school assembly Wednesday morning.

"Tiffany's enthusiasm, creativity and connections she makes with each of her students are what bring them back to her classroom for visits long after they leave the fourth grade," Atkinson said. "Her colleagues and students alike benefit from her passion for education and her commitment to student success."

One-hundred percent of Lachenmayr's students scored at the proficient level in math for the 2011-12 school year and met growth targets.

She serves on the school's leadership team, reading/writing/math committees, student support team and iPad leadership team. She was named the Timber Drive Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. Lachenmayr also is National Board Certified teacher and has eight years of experience teaching the fourth grade.

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She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and a master's degree in elementary education from Meredith College in 2010. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and served as the commencement speaker at Meredith College in May 2010.

An independent, blue ribbon committee appointed by each state's department of education selects the potential award recipients for submission to the Milken Foundation. Recipients can be elementary and secondary school teachers, principals or specialists.

The Milken National Educator Awards were established in 1985 to reward, retain and attract the highest caliber professionals for the nation's schools. The award alternates each year between elementary and secondary educators.

In the past 18 years, 46 North Carolina educators have received the award, sharing a total of $1.15 million. Nationally, more than $63 million has been awarded since the program's inception.


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  • Evolve Nov 21, 2012

    Haters gonna hate... How about you conservatives stop being hypocritical and admit that the home has the most influence on a child's intellect... not private vs. public. I am a shining example that a child can get a great education in the public school system with the right support from home. Great work Tiffany, keep it up!!!

  • geosol Nov 14, 2012

    This is great! Congrats to Ms. Lachenmayr! We need more Lachenmayrs in this country and fewer Tedescos.

  • superman Nov 14, 2012

    I suggest the School Board consider her as the new Supt. She is far more qualified than the last one.

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  • whatelseisnew Nov 14, 2012

    "Fantastic! She's probably still underpaid even with the 25k. We need MERIT based pay in NC and a way to fairly and accurately measure a teacher's effectiveness. But we're in Wake County so that ain't nevuh hap'nin'!"

    It is called Private schools. They can not afford to keep dead wood teachers. It will never happen in the Public Sector. There is ZERO incentive for the Public Sector K5-K12 to do anything but try to grab up ever more money and continue running a substandard institution. Merit you say, well everywhere I have ever seen that brought up the places that have Teachers unions want no part of it. They want to continue having every union member employed, regardless of the performance. Look at what Chicago just did. Everyone of those teachers should just have been fired.

    Anyway congrats to this teacher. In spite of the nasty system in which they work in this State, yes there are many good teachers in the public system.

  • lissa227812 Nov 14, 2012

    Congratulations!!!! We need more teachers like this in our community!!

  • anneonymousone Nov 14, 2012

    Congratulations on your continuing successes, Ms. Lachenmayr!

  • bombayrunner Nov 14, 2012

    congrats for sure, sounds like she earned every bit but didn't expect anything. a giver.

  • JDAmbrosio Nov 14, 2012

    Fantastic! She's probably still underpaid even with the 25k. We need MERIT based pay in NC and a way to fairly and accurately measure a teacher's effectiveness. But we're in Wake County so that ain't nevuh hap'nin'!

  • 426X3 Nov 14, 2012

    Good for her. Hopefully she will not have to use that cash award to buy school supplies and that she will remain a North Carolina public school teacher.