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Black male Educator from DC surprised with Teacher of year award and $50K Check



Alex Diasgranados, a teacher at Aiton Elementary School in Washington, DC, was surprised on The Drew Barrymore Show with the prestigious National University 2021 Teacher of the Year honor along with a $50,000 check

He received a $50,000 check in addition to the coveted National University 2021 Teacher of the Year award as a surprise on The Drew Barrymore Show.

Diasgranados has been working with students since 2015, developing strong relationships with them.

Alex, who teaches historical studies and English to 4th and 5th graders, said of his pupils, “They really inspire me and keep me going every single day.”

Just last year, he won the $10,000 Sanford Teacher Award. He was also named DC’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, which comes with a cash prize of $7,500.

During his appearance on the show, Alex shared his advocacy to provide better digital access to students, especially during the pandemic.


He turned emotional when Barrymore surprised him with 265 laptop computers for teachers and students at his school.

Most recently, he was again on national TV as a surprise announcement was made by Dr. Michael Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System

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He was chosen as the National University 2021 Teacher of the Year on The Drew Barrymore Show.

Alejandro will also receive a cheque for $50,000, and all of the National University system’s universities are willing to provide him a full scholarship for a PhD degree in education or a master’s program in social and emotional learning.

“It hasn’t really sunk in. Since when have numbers ever been that large? It’s amazing!” he said.

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