“Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”
— Bob Richards, Olympic Gold Medalist
Anthony makes numbers sing for a class of young adults. Lisa listens to parents, to teachers, to kids, to whomever voices a need to her, and makes solutions appear out of thin air. Both are educators. Both make miracles happen.
And in return, both had something miraculous happen to them and to their schools: they won the $20,000 Escalante–Gradillas Prize for Best in Education.
From 2015 to 2017 TheBestSchools.org presented an annual prize of $10,000 to the winning educator and $10,000 to the winner’s school in recognition of two legends, teacher Jaime Escalante and principal Henry Gradillas, who took students others had written off and molded them into math marvels. In teacher Anthony Yom of Abraham Lincoln High School in LA and principal Lisa Kaplan of Andrew Jackson School in Philadelphia, we found kindred spirits to Escalante and Gradillas. Our media manager, Rich Tatum, sits down with the 2016 and 2015 winners to see how their lives and the lives of their schools have been changed by the prize.