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Spotlight: Bodkin Elementary School Teacher Bradely Absher Earns Prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator Award

April 18, 2024

By: AACPS Communications Office


Bodkin Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Bradley Absher arrived at an assembly today expecting to celebrate the school’s recent gifted and talented accomplishments as well as hear from State Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carey Wright. 

However, shortly after the program began, the true purpose of the assembly was revealed. In a surprise announcement in front of the school’s students and staff who were lovingly cheering, Absher learned that his exceptional work as an educator has earned him $25,000 and a Milken Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation!

“I just can’t believe it,” said Absher still in shock from the surprise. “I just love this school. I love every moment of my job, but it is nice to be recognized for all of the hard work and long hours that we put in. Honestly, the best recognition was to hear the students, even ones that I don’t teach, chanting my name.”

In addition to Dr. Wright, Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell was on hand to celebrate the news.

Absher is one of two Maryland recipients of the award and one of 75 nationwide this year.

“Mr. Absher is an amazing role model for our students,” says Bodkin Elementary School Principal Bonnie Myers. “His enthusiasm for learning is sincere. Year after year, he takes on more leadership responsibilities. He can’t wait to learn more to grow in his field. He is such a great representative of the quality of teachers in our Bodkin family.”

A short time after the assembly ended, Absher invited the special guests to visit with his “Mad About Math” club where they were able to hear from students about his indelible impact on their lives.

“He’s probably the best teacher that anyone could have,” says a student. “He’s prepared us to do middle school stuff. We know exactly what to do and we’re ready.”

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary schoolteachers, principals, and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education. By honoring outstanding educators, the program strives to attract, develop, motivate, and retain talented people to the challenge and adventure of teaching.



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