State Superintendent Jim Rex surprised a Charleston English teacher Tuesday with a national award. It’s known as the “Oscars of Teaching,” and West Ashley High School teacher Katherine Henderson had no idea she was selected for the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.
“Well, I think it’s a wonderful moment for Charleston County and my fellow educators to have a moment where nationally we are thanked as a group for everything we do. I see with the people around me with the long hours and just the innovative and generating new things for the students in front of us, and trying to bring these new individuals to a point of success,” says Henderson.
Superintendent Jim Rex joined with other educators to present Henderson with the most prestigious national teacher award, that includes a $25,000 prize. Henderson says she was in shock.
“I didn’t hear anything. You know how you become so overwhelmed with all of the sensory overload that you have? So, I was just trying to walk upright and not pass out. I’m very grateful, Dr. Rex has been a huge champion of public education,” says Henderson.
Henderson has spent 12 years teaching and is also department chair.