Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj voted best male and female teachers of the year, respectively

Melvin El, CEO of Better Education Place

Nationwide ( — Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have won quite a few music awards this year. Now they can add one more award to their mantle, teacher of the year. Better Education Place, an education company based in South Florida, announced the winners of its first annual teacher of the year awards.

The duo, along with several other teachers, were judged based on seven different categories including, ability to capture and maintain attention, the ability to move their audience or create interaction, the ability to inspire, effective use of language, use of memory devices, ability to transform behavior or make them do as you do, and the quality of the content. The only area where they had a moderate showing was in the content.

According to Melvin El, CEO of Better Education Place, it’s a bit of an irony but no less deserved. He says that the methodologies the two stars are using are undeniable forces in learning. Children learn their stuff because they have all the right methods. Apparently, students are drawn in by the “swagger” he said. “If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger, you are going to struggle to get your students attention. It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”

The methods are part of a process that Better Education Place utilizes to create their own hip hop based education programs. They have been known to teach children to read within days. “If it works, we have to use it,” El comments. “We can’t throw the baby out with the bath water… especially when we are talking about our babies. With the help of hip hop, we can make education fun again.”

Better Education Place is a company with a vision of helping children to develop a passion for reading and learning so they can excel at education and ultimately succeed. El comments, “It’s ironic as well that most of the problems we have in our community can be traced back to reading and early learning. To be good at hip-hop, it seems you have to master some of the very same skills. And two people who exemplify these qualities well, are Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

Melvin El is available for radio and television interviews. If interested, please call 786-443-2478 or email him at

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