Cynthia Lawhon, Discoveries Teacher, Claiborne Fundamental Elementary School, Shreveport, Louisiana
Cynthia Lawhon develops activities and programs to accelerate learning for students in grades 2 through 5 at her magnet elementary school. Her goal is to offer enrichment that reaches across the curriculum and goes above and beyond what is offered in the classroom. Since her earliest days as a teacher, more than 40 years ago, she has instilled a commitment to the environment in her students. After she successfully wrote a grant for a new playground and outdoor learning area, she led the way to make the school a PLT certified school, helping to train faculty in PLT, develop ways to use the outdoors for learning, and take the lead in other environmental activities.
“Teachers like Cynthia encourage us, challenge us, and substantiate to each of us in education that we are making a positive difference in the lives of the students with whom we work.”
– Monica Howell, Counselor, Claiborne Fundamental Elementary School, Shreveport, Louisiana
Cynthia was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2014.