Two LSMSA employees receive national recognition from Yale University



Leah Lentz

Pamela Francis, associate lecturer of English at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), and Leah Lentz, co-director of the College Counseling Center, have been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as recipients of the 2018 Yale Educator Award.

Pamela Francis

Francis, who received her Ph.D. from Rice University, has taught English at LSMSA since 2013. This semester, she is teaching courses on Writing and Composition, World Literature, and Gothic Literature. In addition to the Yale award, Francis recently received similar recognition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for being “especially influential in [her students’] development.”

Lentz has worked as a Counselor at LSMSA since 2006 where she has advised more than 1500 students through the college application and financial aid process. She received a master’s degree in counseling from Northwestern State University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a National Certified School Counselor.

According to Niche’s annual list of America’s Best High Schools, LSMSA has the third best public school faculty in the nation. Francis and Lentz are among a distinguished faculty and staff dedicated to the achievement and success of Louisiana’s brightest students.

The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 371 nominees, who represent 42 states and 12 countries, 59 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination individually and designates recipients. In September, the winners were sent congratulatory letters and engraved desk sets, and administrators of high schools were notified of their achievement.

Yale is a top research university with a unique emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education. All 5,800 undergraduate students enroll in Yale College, which offers more than 80 majors and hundreds of opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research. Undergraduates at Yale come from all 50 states and more than 70 foreign countries. More than 16 percent of Yale students will be the first in their families to complete a four-year degree, and 45% are US Citizens or Permanent Residents who identify as members of a minority group. The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like those chosen for the 2018 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale.

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