NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOL’S DR. LONNIE GARRIS TO RECIEVE NAACP EDUCATOR AWARD

April 19, 2010
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:           Michelle Wade, (203) 946-8450  Cell – (203) 675-5132
Michelle.wade@new-haven.k12.ct.us
                      
NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOL’S DR. LONNIE GARRIS TO RECIEVE NAACP EDUCATOR AWARD
 
NEW HAVEN – The Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP has selected Dr. Lonnie Garris, principal of James Hillhouse High School, to be the recipient of the Susan Lincoln Education Award.  Garris was chosen by the NAACP because of his involvement in the community and ongoing efforts to make a difference.
The Greater New Haven branch of the NAACP received requests from alumni, current students, and other community members to nominate Garris for this award.  Traditionally, this award is given to someone who goes above and beyond their job responsibilities to set high standards, develop programs and policies, and encourage higher education for African American students.  Those who reached out to the NAACP on Garris’ behalf highlighted the fact that he encouraged his students to take advantage of advanced placement classes and helped them reach their goals of going onto college.
Garris has been involved with New Haven Public Schools for over 40 years.  He has held various positions within the district including department chairman, city-wide department head, assistant principal of James Hillhouse High School and principal of James Hillhouse High School for 20 years.  During his time with NHPS, he has received many prestigious awards including TAPS (Teachers, Administrators, Parents, Students) awards, the Youth Continuum Unsung Hero Award, and the Phi Delta Kappa Man of the Year Award.  This year, Dr. Garris also received a Founders Day Celebration Award from the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the New Haven Public School Foundation Alumni Legacy Award.
The NAACP award will be presented to Garris on Saturday May 1, 2010 at the 93rd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner at Yale Commons.
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