Michael C. McLaughlin, Head of Middle School at Austin Preparatory School in Reading has been awarded the 2019 NELMS A+ Administrator Award
The New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) announced at its 38th Annual Conference (held March 21-22, 2019) that Michael C. McLaughlin, Head of the Middle School at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Massachusetts was awarded the NELMS 2019 A+ Administrator’s Award.
Jeff Rodman, Executive Director of NELMS, stated, “NELMS seeks to honor administrators who value, understand, and support effective middle level education that promotes powerful learning for young adolescents.” He added that those honored with the award have an excellent understanding of how young adolescents learn and a record of actively promoting middle level education and building community support.
To that end McLaughlin, who is in his fourth year at the helm of Austin’s Middle School, is a curriculum author for the Sophia Institute Press and a TA with National Geographic in their Certified Educators Program. An avid traveler, McLaughlin has led a number of student tours abroad and will serve as International Faculty Coordinator with the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance, a summer study abroad program designed specifically for middle school learners housed outside of London, United Kingdom this July.
McLaughlin has marshalled a number of new programs in the Middle School consistent with best practices in young adolescent development and education. Students exercise choice and voice in their curriculum with a selection of Mandarin, Latin, French, and Spanish World Languages and a menu of over a dozen electives in the Department of Art and Design from Robotics and Filmmaking to Drama, Dance, and Art History, a course McLaughlin teaches. Students in grade six study the Humanities in intentional cohorts, resulting in collaborative projects like the annual Egyptian Museum Night.
Marla Pascucci-Byrne, Art and Design Chair at Austin Prep, nominated McLaughlin for the honor. She cited her work with McLaughlin on redesigning and aligning courses with the best practices for the specific needs of early adolescents. She describes McLaughlin as a man with “boundless enthusiasm” and whose mission-driven approach to leadership is appreciated by students, teachers, and parents. She wrote: “His leadership, example, and exuberance are gifts to our students and our school community, and, though I am known as a tough grader, I am confident that Michael McLaughlin earns an A+.”
Founded in 1961, Austin Preparatory School is an independent Catholic school in Reading, MA for students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the minds and hearts of our young students and provide an environment in which they can successfully learn, grow and develop outside the classroom. Austin Prep has 750 students from 61 towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is guided by the Augustinian mission of veritas, unitas and caritas, or truth, unity and love.
The New England League of Middle Schools is a nonprofit organization. Through its vision, leadership, and programs it provides a network of services for learning about and implementing developmentally appropriate practices for young adolescents. For further information about NELMS, call 978-557-9311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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