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Tina Ahlgren Named ISTA Hoosier Educator of the Year

Tina C. Ahlgren (center) poses with ISTA Vice President Jennifer Smith-Margraf (left) and Ron Swann of the Indiana Education Assocation.

In a testament to her unwavering commitment to education, Tina C. Ahlgren, a mathematics educator at Benjamin Harrison School 2, has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2024 Hoosier Educator of the Year award by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA).

Ahlgren, an influential figure in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) for nearly two decades, was recognized for her exceptional dedication to student achievement, commitment to professional growth, and advocacy for the education profession.

“It is always an honor to be recognized for your work especially since there are so many amazing teachers in Indiana,” Ahlgren said. “It also is an honor to be recognized by the Indiana State Teachers Association for all the hard work I do inside and outside the classroom.”

The award ceremony took place today at her school, a member of the IPS community, where Ahlgren teaches MYP Mathematics and serves as a mathematics instructional coach. She was honored in a special assembly attended by the school’s K-8 student body and teaching staff.

ISTA Vice President Jennifer Smith-Margraf expressed her appreciation, noting that Ahlgren represents the very best of the profession. 

“Her commitment to her students, her colleagues, and the broader educational community exemplifies what it means to be a leader in education,” Smith-Margraf said. “We are incredibly proud to honor her as the Hoosier Educator of the Year.”

Ahlgren’s achievements include previous recognition as an IPS Teacher of the Year and Indiana Teacher of the Year finalist. Her active involvement in educational policy and community engagement further highlights her dedication to enhancing Indiana’s education quality.

In partnership with Horace Mann Educators Corporation, ISTA recognizes the Hoosier Educator of the Year with a monetary award. Additionally, Ahlgren will represent Indiana as the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence nominee.

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