Longtime Incline High School Teacher Named Extraordinary Educator in 2021 Spotlight Awards

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell


Longtime Incline High School Teacher Named

Extraordinary Educator in 2021 Spotlight Awards


Reno, NV. (September 23, 2021) – Incline High School U.S. Government Teacher and Team Leader Milton Hyams has been named the 2021 PBS Spotlight Award Winner for Extraordinary Educator. Hyams was nominated and chosen by the community for 22 years of work and service to the students of Incline High School and 25 years overall in Washoe County School District. The award was sponsored by the Washoe Education Association and the awards ceremony aired on KNPB Channel 5.

“I am grateful for this award, and I am dedicating it to all teachers who have balanced their personal needs with the needs of their students during this extraordinary time in our history,” said Hyams. “My fellow educators and I have worked hard to provide stability for our students, to ensure they are not experiencing isolation, but remain closely engaged with their teachers, peers, and school staff. No one is more deserving of support than our youngest citizens.”

“Mr. Hyams is a beloved scholar in Incline Village, and honestly, he’s achieved local rock star status,” said Incline High School Principal Tierney Cahill. “His graduates come back and say his We the People class was the most transformative and impactful experience in their formal education. He’s humble enough to recognize that no one teacher can do it all, and he would want his peers and coaches in the community who he has rallied to assist the program to share in this honor. However, if you’ve been lucky enough to have Mr. Hyams as a teacher, then you’ve been lucky enough.”

Hyams has led the Incline High School “We the People” team to 14 national competitions.  “We the People” is a rigorous course of study where students learn the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are essential to becoming an effective citizen. Students complete in mock congressional hearings and testify before judging panels that include scholars, educators, judges and justices, state lawmakers, attorneys, and state and local officials. The class demands close teamwork, perseverance, trust, and integrity, as students play important roles in the presentations and must rely on their classmates to do their parts.

Students prepare for an entire year for the competitions which are held at the local, state, and national levels.

Last spring, Hyams’ team placed eighth in the national competition while Reno High School’s team placed third, marking the first time in Washoe County School District history that two teams from the District placed in the top 12 in the country in a We the People competition.

“I cherish the journeys I take with all my students as they learn that citizenship is their most important responsibility,” said Hyams. “They are a reason for us to be optimistic.”

For more information about the finalists in each category of the Spotlight Awards, please visit https://www.pbsreno.org/events/spotlight-awards/.

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