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Abbott Lawrence Academy principal honored by gifted educators

The principal of the Abbott Lawrence Academy was honored Friday for everything from complete class gradations to impressive college acceptances.

Stacey Ciprich was presented the 2020 Educator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of Gifted Education.

The association presents the honor annually to "an exceptional Massachusetts educator who supports highly able, curious, creative and talented students by providing them with services and opportunities," according to a statement released by Lawrence Public Schools.

Abbott's strong school culture, 100% 2019 and 2020 graduation rates, MCAS passing rates and a lengthy list of college acceptances and scholarships were cited by MAGE Board member Janis Baron in her letter nominating Ciprich.

"If there are any moments when Stacey is not thinking of her students and staff and ways to make things even better at ALA, I am guessing she is probably sleeping ... And I am also guessing that she is, even then, dreaming about them," Baron said.

Ciprich has led Abbott, an accelerated studies high school at Lawrence High, since it's inception in 2015.

"I didn't to do this work alone," Ciprich said. "And I couldn't do it without my Assistant Principal Raul Cruz, our amazing teachers, the support of LHS leadership, and of course the Abbott students and families."

"This is why this place is so special to me and to the city of Lawrence," she said.


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