Lea MacDonald
Lea MacDonald is a graduate of Fordham University with a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching and has taught middle grade social studies for the last 12 years in Pleasantville, NY. When Lea is not in the classroom, she is sharing her ideas with teachers in her school, state, and across the country. Lea has been a presenter at the Nuts and Bolts Symposium on middle-level education in Boulder, CO, for the last 12 years and is a popular presenter for many other national organizations. Lea has received numerous awards and recognition for her work with middle-level students. In 1996, she received an award from the New York State Middle School Association for making "exemplary contributions to middle level education." The Westchester Council for Social Studies awarded Lea the Outstanding Middle School Classroom Teacher Award for 1996-1997. In October 1994, she received the New York State English Council Educator of Excellence Award for integrating English and Social Studies in the classroom. Most recently, the Pleasantville School District recognized Lea’s commitment to teaching with their Teacher of the Year Award in April 2000. Lea serves on the New York State Middle School Association Board of Directors. Furthermore, she has published articles on educating young adolescents and writes a quarterly column called “Lea’s Lessons” in the New York State Middle School Journal, In Transition. Lea's passion is to motivate young adolescents to become lifelong learners as they face the challenges of the 21 st century.

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