Lenore Lounsbury, Sachem Central School District, Named Dowling College/News 12 Educator of the Month
Lenore Lounsbury, a fourth grade teacher at Wenonah Elementary School in the Sachem Central School District, has been named a 2005/2006 Dowling College/News 12 Long Island Educator of the Month. Nominations were accepted from schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, and a committee of distinguished educators selected the winners.
| Dr. Clyde Payne, Dean of Dowling's School of Education, congratulates Lenore Lounsbury on her award. |
In 1997, Mrs. Lounsbury was hired by the Sachem Central School District as a third grade teacher at Wenonah Elementary School and three years later accepted her current position as a fourth grade teacher. Today, Mrs. Lounsbury is commended for helping her fourth grade students prepare for life after elementary school. In a letter from School Principal Christine Di Paola, she noted that Mrs. Lounsbury challenges her students on the last day of class to reflect on their experiences from the fourth grade. "As the students say their goodbyes and beg her to teach fifth grade next year with emotion-filled voices, Lenore encourages them to move on, reminds them that they are ready, and lets go. They have developed roots in her class and on this day she gives them wings."
Mrs. Lounsbury is commended for her enthusiasm and willingness to bring out the best in each of her students. According to Principal Di Paola, "Long before 'No Child Left Behind' was a national mandate, Mrs. Lounsbury held it as a personal goal as a teacher. Her mastery of curriculum, coupled with creativity, patience and knowledge of her students, allows her to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all the students in her class."
"Even with the increased demands standardized testing places on fourth grade teachers, Mrs. Lounsbury, through hard work before and after school, provides her students with valuable life lessons that no test can gauge," said Dr. Clyde Payne, Dean of Dowling's School of Education.
In addition to her efforts in the classroom, Mrs. Lounsbury is involved in a host of school-wide activities, including the Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) Program, Before School ELA Prep Program, the Kindness & Justice Committee, the Live Writing Book Club, Author Visit Committee, Math Night Committee and Building Leadership Team Member.
Mrs. Lounsbury's letter of nomination was accompanied by several unsolicited letters from colleagues, past students and parents, describing her as an educator who "not only provides her students with lessons to succeed in school, but also in life."
In 2005, Mrs. Lounsbury received the Wenonah Elementary School Make a Difference Award and was nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year honor. Prior to joining the Sachem Central School District, Mrs. Lounsbury taught at Maria Regina Catholic School and Holy Family Catholic School, and was Life Skills Trainer at the Suffolk Development Center. Mrs. Lounsbury earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Dowling College.
A special feature announcing Mrs. Lounsbury's award will air soon on News 12. In June the award winners and their guests will be honored at a special dinner.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.