Since 2017, Charter School Capital has held an annual essay contest celebrating exceptional teachers. We call it the Dewey Awards, in celebration of Mr. Richard Dewey – a teacher who provided exceptional mentorship to our founder and CEO Stuart Ellis. Every year, we get a brilliant selection of stories written by students from charter schools all over the nation. This year’s winners are featured here. But each of these stories is worth sharing.
This week we bring you a story written by Christopher Harley about Ms. Ashleigh Lanzone of Monroe Charter Academy in Monroe, NC.
Pamela Smith: Hi, my name is Pamela Smith and this is my grandson, Christopher Harley. Christopher, can you give us a little background about you?
Christopher Harley: Yeah, so like she said, I’m Christopher Harley. I’m nine years old. I like to be called Chris and I go to Monroe Charter Academy in Monroe, North Carolina.
PS: Well, Christopher goes to Monroe Charter in North Carolina, and there was a teacher that he is smitten with, fond of, takes a lot of liking to. Her name is Ms. Lanzone. And we have decided to break Ms. Lanzone’s name down and give an example for each letter. Ms. Lanzone’s name is spelled L-A-N-Z-O-N-E. The first letter of her name is loving. The second letter is attention. The third letter is nice. The fourth letter is Zelle . The fifth is outgoing. The six is noble and the seventh is excellent. Christopher, I now leave it up to you.
CH: Okay. So L is loving. She is loving and loyal because she shows up every day to help teach me, even if she is sick, sad, or has a meeting.
PS: The next letter.
CH: A, she shows me attention when I need extra help with my homework.
PS: The next one.
CH: The next one is nice. She is nice because she never raises her voice at me.
PS: The next one is Zelle.
CH: She encourages me when I need help.
PS: Next one is outgoing.
CH: She is friendly. She makes learning fun.
PS: The next one is noble.
CH: She is one of a kind.
PS: And last but not least…
CH: She listens well to everything.
PS: I say. And that one is excellent. And she is, she is an excellent teacher. Ms. Lanzone could have done anything else, but she chose to teach children. And that says a lot about her. I mean, she is beautiful inside and out. And for her to decide to become an educator and not pursue any other career because it’s very obvious she could have, but we are just so thankful and grateful that she is a teacher. And that she is Christopher’s teacher.
Thank you, Ms. Lanzone, from the bottom of our hearts. May God bless you.