Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently presented the annual 2022 Walter R. Warren Prize for Excellence in Teaching to outstanding math teacher Asha Nair. The winner of the $1,000 award demonstrates a steadfast commitment to an educational approach that is faithful to the school’s charter, key design elements and mission. The award is given in memory of Walter R. Warren, a lifelong Malden resident, Korean War veteran and retired Malden Police Officer. After school on June 23, the prize was awarded in front of Nair’s colleagues and members of the Warren family.
Nair has spent the last 14 years as a teacher at Mystic Valley. In addition to her role in the Math Department, she has served as the school’s civil rights coordinator since 2018.
The prize is based on three main criteria: delivery of instruction and application of the school’s behavior management model, citizenship and virtue. According to the Chair of Mystic Valley’s Board of Trustees, George Warren – a member of the Warren family – the family only asks that the winner “use the prize frivolously and for personal pleasure.” Nair joins current teachers Amanda Gregory (2021) and Duncan Voyles (2020) as winners of the Warren Prize.