"We need to give great teachers more of an incentive to stick around and become even greater. I hope that this prize really tells teachers 'you are appreciated,' and that 'people recognize the difference that you're making in the lives of your kids.'"
About Shira Fishman
The Fishman Prize is named after Shira Fishman, an exceptional math teacher at McKinley Technology High School in DC Public Schools.
A former mechanical engineer, Shira became a teacher through TNTP’s highly selective DC Teaching Fellows program in 2004. Her knowledge of math and her passion for teaching have inspired and motivated her students ever since. One of the district’s most exceptional math teachers, Shira proves every day that the challenges for students in high-need schools can be met with great teaching. She taught at Hine Junior High School for three years before moving to McKinley in 2007, where she became the Math Department Chairperson and helped make McKinley one of the district's top-performing schools. In 2011 she was named the DCPS Teacher of the Year and a Milken Educator Award Winner.