(Image courtesy Lesley University)
A local educator was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for her commitment to community service and encouraging her students to do their best when serving their neighborhood.
Lisa Graustein, a Dorchester resident and librarian and internship coordinator at the Codman Academy Charter Public School, was named one of the few recipients of this year’s Massachusetts Service-Learning Leader Award.
“I feel what’s important about awards like this is they recognize that young people are capable of far more than we often give them credit for – or allow them to do,” Graustein said in a statement.
Graustein has been working at the academy for the past seven-years coordination the student internship program, library club, and the literacy program at the Dorchester Winter Famers’ Market, which provides a book swap, read aloud, and free books for area residents.
“I was very surprised, very honored, and very flattered,” Graustein said in a statement. “I’m also really appreciative the award exists. Over the last 10 to 15 years, with the emphasis on MCAS and testing, so many schools have had to cut back on programs that prepare kids for things outside the very-academic realm. I think that it’s really important we don't just prepare students for college, but to do something of value with their college education.”
Graustein is also in the process of earning her Masters of Education in Racial Justice Education from Cambridge’s Lesley University and expects to graduate by 2013.