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29-year-old man wins Teacher of the year award in US, bags $50K cash prize and PhD Scholarship

An exceptional Elementary school teacher in the United States named Alex Diasgranados has been awarded more than $50,000 and a scholarship to further his education after being named National University 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Alex Diasgrandos who teaches grade 4 and grade 5 students at Aiton Elementary School in Washington, DC, won the $10,000 Sanford Teacher Award. A few months after winning the Sanford Teacher Award, he was named DC’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, with a cash prize of $7,500.

Alex started teaching in 2015 and noted that the children he teaches inspire him to keep going every single day. “They just inspire me and keep me going every single day,” he said.

Alex Diasgranados, known as Mr Dias in the classroom appeared on a National TV show where another unique announcement was made that he has selected as the National University 2021 Teacher of the Year and was awarded a sum of $50,000.

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Alex Diasgranados was also named as one of the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year, an award which accorded recognition by the President of the United States at the White House.

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Speaking on his recognition by President Biden of the United States, he said he is proud of representing Washington DC as the Teacher of the Year. “Such an honour to have been recognized at the White House. It’s been an incredible year representing Washington DC as the Teacher of the Year. Thank you @POTUS @FLOTUS and @SecCardona for making this happen,” he posted on Twitter.

In addition to the awards and recognitions, Alex Diasgranados was also granted a scholarship award for a Master’s Degree Program in Social and Emotional Learning from National University or a doctoral degree in Education from all universities in the National University system.

“It has not sunk in at all. I mean, I have never even seen a number that big. It’s incredible!” he said.

He narrated that he was inspired to teach in America after seeing a statistic that fewer than 2 per cent of teachers were Black men. He expresses his delightfulness to be a part of the success story of black children in the country who has big dreams.

“I know my students are brilliant. I know they come to school every day after the trauma they experience and they come in day after day motivated to learn and get their education. They have big dreams,” he said.

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