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Lasell Alum Honored with National Educator Award

October 10, 2014

Medford, Mass. fifth grade teacher and Lasell undergraduate alum Anthony Petrelis '05 has been honored as the only educator in Massachusetts to receive the 2014 national Milken Educator Award.

Petrelis, who teaches at John J. McGlynn Elementary School in Medford, is the state's 42nd Milken Award winner. He received the honor, which recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education, in a surprise presentation at his school October 8.

"It's definitely shocking and I'm really proud," said Petrelis in a phone interview. "As teachers, everyone works really hard. It was rewarding to receive this and share it with my school. It is definitely a school award."

The award also comes with a $25,000 financial prize.

Petrelis graduated from Lasell in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education.

According to Lasell Associate Professor of Education Amy Maynard, Petrelis "understood student learners, their needs, and what was important to children in an intrinsic way. Medford is lucky to have him as an educator. He is a terrific role model for students and learners of all ages," Maynard added.

State officials also congratulated Petrelis.

"Mr. Petrelis is a role model not only for his students, but for his colleagues across the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone in a release. "Anthony represents the very best in the teaching profession, and we are fortunate to have him working here in Massachusetts."

Petrelis is one of seven fifth grade teachers at the McGlynn Middle School. He is currently working toward a master's degree in education administration and hopes to become a principal.

He is a graduate of Arlington Catholic High School and student taught at McGlynn Elementary School before becoming a member of the faculty there. He also coaches basketball, is involved in the skating club, directs the Summer Fun Club among other activities associated with the school.

The Milken Family Foundation first presented the Milken Educator Award in 1987. Massachusetts joined the program in 1997. Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators.