Christy Maerlander

The New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) has announced that Stoneleigh-Burnham teacher Christy Maerlender has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 NELMS Promising Practitioner Award. Maerlender teaches French and dance at SBS. The award will be presented at the NELMS 37th annual conference, which will be held April 4-6, 2018.

SBS Middle School Dean Bill Ivey said, “Christy has not only made a promising start in our school, she has made an impact, and in the process she has shown she is willing and able to do everything necessary to keep growing and build an even brighter future for herself and for her kids. I am proud and happy that she has received this well deserved award.”

Jerry Frew, executive director of NELMS, said, “Paying attention to the learning needs of young adolescents and recognizing their unique development stage can make a significant difference in the lives of 10-14 year olds.” He added, “Recognizing those that are new to middle level education is a major part of the work of the Recognitions Committee who often have a very difficult task choosing the winners.”

NELMs is a non-profit organization that provides a network of services for learning about and implementing developmentally appropriate practices for young adolescents.