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She’s making an impact in the classroom

Elizabeth Lipman, S’12, an instructor with SUccess Academy Charter Schools, was recently selected from among 1,400 faculty members across 34 Success Academy schools in New York City for the 2016 Teacher Growth Excellence Award.

In her first year as a first-grade teacher, Elizabeth Lipman, S’12, clearly made an indelible impression.

Lipman, an instructor with Success Academy Charter Schools, was recently selected from among 1,400 faculty members across 34 Success Academy schools in New York City for the 2016 Teacher Growth Excellence Award.

“I had no idea I was even nominated by our principal until I found out I won,” said Lipman, a native of Holmdel, New Jersey, now living in Brooklyn. “There was huge [learning] growth among the students as the year went on, and I felt that I personally grew as well, helping me to be a more effective teacher.”

Lipman taught for three years in private and public schools in Brookline, Massachusetts, before deciding to move closer to family and follow her passion for engaging inner-city children.

“This was my first year teaching first-graders after three years as a pre-kindergarten teacher,” said Lipman, who graduated from Northeastern with a dual major in Psychology and Education. “It was very exciting. My favorite part of the day was greeting the children as they came into the classroom and seeing the smiles on their faces and sensing their eagerness to learn. It was very inspiring.”

Lipman’s interest in education was piqued when, on the suggestion of a friend, she volunteered for Peace First, an organization that placed college students in Boston public school classrooms.

“I came to Northeastern as a psychology major but that experience really opened my eyes to education and made me realize that was something I wanted to pursue,” said Lipman, who received her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014.

“My Northeastern experience was incredible. It was such a great opportunity and the co-op experiences were transformational. When I graduated I felt, because of those co-op experiences, that I was at a much higher level of qualification than other applicants. Co-op really sets you apart from the rest.”

As for her plans for the upcoming school year?

“I’m just looking to build on my experience from last year and maybe take on more of a leadership role,” Lipman said. “I love what I’m doing.”

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published August 2016