Stoneleigh-Burnham School alumnae strive to live with purpose and meaning. They inspire and challenge others around them to enrich their communities and the world. They distinguish themselves in myriad ways, reimagining the limits of their own potential.

To honor alumnae who have stood out amongst their peers, Stoneleigh-Burnham School created the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2010. This award is presented annually and bestows institutional recognition on one alumna who has distinguished herself in her personal or professional life, in her intellectual pursuits, or in her dedication to service of community, country or society. The Distinguished Alumna Award serves also to inspire the entire Stoneleigh-Burnham School community—students, alumnae, staff and faculty alike—to strive ‘to become their best selves’ in their pursuit of a meaningful life.

To nominate and alumna for this award, please email Kathleen Tuck Fontaine ’83 at

2021: Charlotte Prescott Newton ’71

Charlotte was in the last freshman class at the Mary A. Burnham School, and after the School’s move to Greenfield, she became a very active member in the newly formed SBS Community and held significant leadership roles. 

Charlotte stayed in the Boston area after college, working in neonatal research and intensive care nursing. She has been a breeder, owner, and exhibitor of AKC Clumber Spaniels. And, in the early 1990’s, Charlotte shifted careers to work in financial services. Now retired, Charlotte, along with her two French Bulldogs, Liza and Tuggie, enjoys her new home and community in Sedona, Arizona. 

As a Stoneleigh-Burnham trustee, Charlotte was active in the School’s 2014-2016 major capital initiative. Her generous gift allowed for the creation of the Newton Hub, which has given the SBS community a central place to gather. The Hub is a campus crossroads, abuzz with students before meals, between classes, and in the afternoon before athletics. Having stepped off the Board in 2020, Charlotte continues to stay involved with her school as a member of the Leadership Council. 

Presented to the class representing the 50th Anniversary of the merged Schools of Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill and Mary A. Burnham. The 2019 Distinguished Alumnae Award acknowledges the strength and determination found among the members of the Class of 1969 who rose to the challenges presented to them in 1968.

Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Chair of Department of Dermatology, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Green Building, Sustainability and Design Professional
Executive Director – Corporate Sustainability

Previous Awards and Recognition

Leader of the Year – 2015
Middle East Consultant

Cityscape Global Awards – Sustainability Judge
Cityscape Global 2015

Principal of the Year – 2012
The Middle East Architecture Awards

Sustainability Leadership Award – 2012
Asian Leadership Awards

Harvard Real Estate Consortium Grant for Excellence in Real Estate – 2008
Harvard University