SOUTH FORSYTH -- The mark a teacher leaves on a student can last a lifetime, and one high school graduate from south Forsyth recently proved that true by honoring his former English teacher.
Kerry Langley, a teacher and swim coach at Lambert High School, was recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions with a 2016 Yale Educator Award.
Students entering the Yale Class of 2020 were asked to nominate educators who impacted their lives for the program. Langley was nominated by Caleb Kassa.
“As our committee reviewed nominations, we were constantly reminded of the unique and critical role that exceptional educators play in shaping their students’ futures by encouraging them to pursue their goals,” said Mark Dunn, associate director of admissions, and John Yi, senior assistant director of admissions, in a letter to Langley.
The program recognizes educators who “support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.”
“As a third career, teaching allows me to use my newspaper and advertising experience in ways that are so fulfilling – it is enticing my students to perform at higher levels [than] they think possible,” Langley said. “My expectations are high – as with a 50-page autobiography portfolio seniors are required to complete — and all students are engaged and invested in each assignment — sometimes without even knowing they are working.”
She said she helps seniors on their college applications by taking their responses “to a higher level.”
“Seeing their accomplishments fast forward to college is probably the most fulfilling aspect of this ‘job,’” she said.
Langley has brought success to Lambert students not only in the classroom.
The Lady Longhorns swim and dive team is the defending state champion for the fourth consecutive year, looking to take home its fifth state title in a row this year.
Langley is among 55 teachers and 28 counselors who were selected for the award out of 326 nominees, representing 33 states and 24 countries.
Winners received an engraved desk set and congratulatory letter.
“Kerry Langley is loved by the entire school community. She is a tireless advocate for her students and athletes,” Principal Gary Davison said. “Her excellence is evident in her hard work, caring attitude and devotion to all of the lives she touches.
“I am proud of Kerry to be named. She is one of the finest people I know.”