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Lauren Sepulveda Named 2021 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 8, 2021

FORT SCOTT, KS — The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to middle school social studies teacher, Lauren Sepulveda, of Clinton Avenue School in New Haven, Connecticut. Lauren Sepulveda will arrive in Fort Scott on June 27th for a week of collaboration with LMC staff. 

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and around the world, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history. 

Lauren Sepulveda has taught for 10 years at Clinton Avenue School in New Haven, Connecticut. Lauren is the 7th and 8th grade Team Leader, a TEAM mentor, Student Council Facilitator, and has served as a Curriculum Writer for her district. She has also participated on several leadership and equity committees at the school, district, and regional levels. Lauren is passionate about teaching social studies in a way that brings representation, equitable opportunities, and empowerment to her students. Lauren teaches her 7th and 8th grade students to utilize their voices and participate in the fabric of their community. Her students learn by doing, through authentic projects, guest speakers, and exciting field trips. 

In 2018, Lauren received her district's T.A.P.S. Award and was New Haven Public Schools' Teacher of The Year for the 2018-19 school year. In 2019, Lauren received the Milken Educator Award. She has used these honors to build relationships with community partners for her students and school and build a platform for open dialogue around equity. Lauren has organized school-wide events with support from community partners and takes her students on a leadership retreat to Vermont each year where they work on personal growth, reflection, and team building activities. 

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "Lauren is the kind of young educator which makes our Fellows the outstanding group of teachers in the country. We look forward to her innovative ideas for projects." 

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact: 

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312  

2021 Lowell Milken Center Fellow  
Name: Lauren Sepulveda
Subject: Middle School Social Studies
School: Clinton Avenue School         
293 Clinton Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: (475) 220-3300
Cell: (203) 494-9032