Panama City Beach teacher receives $25,000 award

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City Beach-- It's been dubbed the Oscar of teaching and one very deserving Bay county teacher was given this prestigious award Monday.

Anna Catherine Hull has been teaching in Bay District Schools for 29 years, 15 at Patronis Elementary in Panama City Beach and was named Bay county's teacher of the year last year.

You can't apply or be nominated for this "Oscar", but it comes with a $25,000 award.

Mrs. Anna Hull woke up Monday morning thinking about the school wide assembly being held to showcase her recent teaching trip to Africa. Little did she know, she was about to receive the surprise of a lifetime.

In an interactive and informational presentation, Senior Vice President of the Milken Family Foundation, Jane Foley stunned the fifth grade teacher at Patronis Elementary.

"I said it was the Oscars of teaching! The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award goes to Anna Hull!," Foley said as she announced the surprise.

"Up until the moment we announce it in front of the media and students, the person doesn't even know they're being considered. It drops from the sky to say thank you for your amazing work and results," added Dr. Foley.

Results that have shown her students the world from their classroom at Patronis Elementary. One of Hull's students had a father serving in Iraq and in an effort to show all of her students how much our troops sacrifice, her class video chatted with him often.

"Unfortunately that father died in action so she helped the whole students of the class gather around the family to really support them in their time of loss," said Dr. Foley.

Not to mention, Hull's effort to engage her class in her recent teaching assignment in Tanzania, Africa.

Hull says she will most likely use the money to help get her own children through school.

The Milken Family Foundation presents the award to one, sometimes two unsuspecting educators in every state each year. Since it was founded in 1982, the California-based foundation has given more than $62 million to educators across the United States to recognize their contributions to education. This year, 55 people will receive the award.

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