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Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

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. 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.

Rated “Highly Effective” for two years in a row under the district’s rigorous IMPACT evaluation system, Shira proves every day that the challenges for students in high-need schools can be overcome with great teaching. She was the 2011 DCPS Teacher of the Year and a 2011 Milken Educator Award winner.

Shira hopes the award will recognize more teachers like her. "We need to give great teachers more of an incentive to stick around and become even greater," Shira explained. "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."

Read Shira's essay, "The First Five," in Unlocking Student Effort. » 


Going Deep: Empowering Students to Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Master Difficult MaterialRead Going Deep, essays by the 2013 winners.

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Meet the Winners

Our 2014 winners' commitment to teaching leads to high-achieving students and thriving classrooms.

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The Fishman Prize summer residency is a unique opportunity for the winners to reflect on their classroom practice with other excellent educators and leaders in the field. Learn more.

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