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West Feliciana Middle School teacher, Heather Howle, is 1 of 4 winners in the nation to win the 2016 Fishman Prize.
"I'm shocked, I can't believe I won" said Howle, who was surprised with the award by family, friends and the school community Tuesday in St. Francisville.
The $25,000 Fishman Prize is a competitive, national teaching award given to teachers who are passionate and insightful about teaching and demonstrate extraordinary success in the classroom with high need students.
Howle launched the STEM program at West Feliciana Middle School, writing her own curriculum and securing thousands of dollars in gr ant money.
"We are so blessed to have Ms. Howle here in West Feliciana and the STEM program will only grow" said West Feliciana Parish Schools Superintendent Hollis Milton. "This is a legacy she started and we are proud to build on that" he added.
Howle says she plans on paying off her student loans and going back to school for her Master's Degree with the $25,000 award.
According to a news release, this summer, Howle will join the three other prize winners for a 6-week residency with TNTP, meeting education leaders across the country and write essays capturing their insights as expert practitioners in the classroom.