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Lee Middle and High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize

LEE, Mass. — Jane McEvoy, an English teacher at Lee Middle and High School has been awarded the 11th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. She will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich her teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in her name.

McEvoy joined the faculty at Lee High in 2010. She primarily teaches junior-year English classes, including a college-level advanced writing course, and serves as the chairperson of the English Department. She founded the school's Social Justice Club to encourage compassionate conversations about topics such as equality, diversity and politics. The club has become the district's largest nonathletic co-curricular activity, and its members have hosted events ranging from an equality fair to a schoolwide mock election.

Colleagues and students emphasize that McEvoy is a dedicated, caring educator whose support of every student goes beyond the classroom. They describe her as a leader and mentor who inspires students to succeed long after graduation.

"Jane was more than just a teacher to me. She was an educator, a friend and a support system," wrote Samantha Reynolds, a member of the class of 2015.

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