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FCE Graduate Receives National Award from the National Education Association

Tia Mills

Tia Mills, Ed.D.

Tia Mills, Ed.D., graduate of NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. Tia has spent 11 years in the classroom and the past 5 years as president of the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators (EBRPAE), the local affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).

The award is based on her advocacy work on behalf of the union, as well as her classroom work at Eden Park Academy of Ethics and Excellence, an alternative school for elementary age children in Baton Rouge. Tia is one of five educators nationwide to receive the honor. All winners are working teachers and NEA members. She heads to Washington, DC in February 2018 to receive  her award and a $10,000 check. One of the five educators will be selected for the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, the unions top teaching award, which comes with another $25,000.

Horace Mann, a financial services and insurance company that has many educators as clients, sponsors the award. Mann was a pioneering Massachusetts educator and politician who is considered a founding father of public education in the United States.

Tia received her Doctorate of Education from the Fischler College of Education in 2014.

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