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Haynes Academy’s Jeremy Lampo Receives Yale Educator Award

dsc_3588Veteran Jefferson Parish Public School System teacher Jeremy Lampo was honored by one of the nation’s elite universities recently. The Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies teacher has been recognized as a recipient of the 2016 Yale Educator Award by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Lampo was nominated for the award by his former student who is now a freshman at Yale, Christian Fernandez

“It’s really nice and I actually emailed him the same day and told him thank you,” said Lampo. “He’s a fantastic kid. If you can’t teach this kid, you’re in the wrong business.”

A National Boardsc_3591d Certified Teacher and former JPPSS Teacher of the Year, Lampo is most certainly in the right business. He leads an individual study at Haynes Academy to coach students for the National Merit Scholarship Program. JPPSS had eleven students named 2016 National Merit Finalists, nine from Haynes Academy. Fifteen JPPSS students were recently named 2017 semifinalists, with 13 from Haynes. Lampo sees building relationships as the key to classroom success.

“The more that they know that you are in it for their benefit, the more that you care, the easier the sell,” said Lampo. “Christian was a really good example of that. He saw pretty clearly that I was out for his best benefit, and then the kid just ran with it.”

Lampo began his career in JPPSS at Grace King High in 1996. He’s been at Haynes Academy since 2009. He went into education based on the advice of his father, who noticed Lampo’s love of English and his command of a room.

“My dad was really excited about it. He was like, ‘What, wait, Yale?,'” said Lampo. “My brother and I were the first people to graduate from college in our family, so this is tickling as well.”

dsc_3620The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 326 nominees, who represent 33 states and 24 countries, 55 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination individually and designates recipients. In September, the winners were sent engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement.