Indianapolis Public Schools is proud to announce the recognition of an outstanding teacher as a recipient of the Milken Educator Award. Melody Coryell, Shortridge High School English teacher and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Coordinator, was presented with the $25,000 prize at a surprise assembly today with special guests including Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee.

The Milken Award was launched in 1987 and has recognized over 2,600 educators across the United States with more than $66 million in prizes. The award is intended to highlight excellent educators who engage their families and community members, are proven professional leaders, and who have the potential for even greater contributions to the development of our scholars. There is no formal application process; all nomination procedures are completed confidentially and selections are made in secret.

Coryell came to IPS after a decade of experience in Lawrence Township, where she served as an IB Coordinator. She says she chose IPS because of the district’s commitment to academic excellence and student engagement.

“Mel is an outstanding educator who inspires the best in all of us,” said Shortridge Principal Shane O’Day. “Through her commitment to student success, passion for education, willingness to help emerging educators and pride in her chosen profession she has made a profound impact on the students she teaches and the colleagues she works alongside. She represents the best of education and induces hope in our next generation of graduates.”

As Shortridge’s IB Diploma Coordinator Coryell oversees grades 11 and 12, supporting students as they progress through the most academically challenging curriculum available at the high school level. She has planned and implemented the full IB Diploma Program that extends from teacher hiring and training to course offerings and schedules, implementing student support initiatives and activities, as well teaching IB Diploma English. Coryell is a founding member of the IB Association for the State of Indiana and has served as the organization’s Vice President for several years.

We are thrilled to share the announcement of Ms. Coryell’s achievement and look forward to many great things from her as she continues to support and inspire the students of Shortridge!