Lauren Catalano Wins Honor From Lesley University
Lauren Catalano, a member of the 2019-20 associate teacher cohort, is the recipient of the 2020 June T. Fox Scholarship Award given on behalf of the June Fox Lecture Series Committee and the Lesley University Graduate School of Education. The committee recognizes only one member of the Collaborative Residency Programs at Lesley each year for that individual’s outstanding work with children, academic scholarship, effective collaboration with peers and colleagues, and their potential for educational leadership. This is the second year in a row that a Belmont Day School Associate has won this distinguished award!
Alice Henry, Lauren’s teaching mentor in the pre-kindergarten classroom this fall, wrote about the qualities that Lauren brings to the classroom in her nomination letter to the committee: “Lauren has great regard for children which supports their learning, nurtures a sense of independence, and shows a keen appreciation for who they are. In every interaction with students, Lauren uses a calm and warm voice that invites their words and lets them know that she wants to hear what they have to say … She doesn’t give up or give in. Lauren deftly re-engages the child who is distracted or grown tired of listening by asking a question that draws their attention back … Lauren has always sought constructive feedback, and her growth mindset has helped her develop skills and strategies characteristic of more experienced teachers.”
Congratulations to Lauren for this great honor, and congratulations to all of the associates and associate mentors this year who have shown such dedication to their students and their teaching craft.