Spend a few minutes with fourth grade teacher Lauren McCutcheon and you can’t help but notice her energy and enthusiasm, particularly when it comes to teaching and working with the students of McCormick Elementary School in the Moon Area School District.
Lauren has been teaching for just six years, but she has a perspective on education that is far beyond her years.
Lauren believes that children can do anything and she is continually proving that belief with the students at McCormick Elementary. Since joining the staff at McCormick Elementary, Lauren has willingly accepted the roles of Student Council sponsor, Study Island facilitator and serves as an academic coach for learning and literacy. She also meets and greets the entire student body every morning. This is in addition to her regular duties as a fourth grade teacher.
One of the projects of which she is most proud is the School Store where students can purchase items. The store is entirely student-run and has been a successful fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She also has organized fundraisers such as “Quarter Wars”, “Pink Out Day”, and “Green Out Day.” Last year, she helped the students participate in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise money and awareness of ALS. Her latest endeavor is “Pennies for Patients”, in which students donate coins for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
In the words of Dr. Julie Moore, principal of McCormick Elementary, “Lauren is a dedicated, motivated, caring educator...she teaches, coaches, volunteers and tutors.”
Lauren has certainly accomplished a great deal in six years and, by all indications, will continue to be an inspiring “Educator Hero” in the years to come.
Award presented by Dean Kenyon R. Bonner, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, University of Pittsburgh