In 2017, the Brookline Education Foundation was proud to honor the following outstanding exemplars of Excellence in Teaching:
Dominique Ferdinand has worked for 20 years as a Kindergarten teacher at the Lawrence school. Overflowing with warmth and kindness, Dominique embodies the perfect introduction to formal education. She makes learning fun and exciting, starting the day off with a song, and dressing up for 26 days as a representation of the letters of the alphabet. Dominique engages her students in the curriculum and teaches them to be citizens of the world.
Beyond the classroom, Dominique is continually learning and working to improve her craft, and is quick to help her colleagues in any way. Current and former students are always in her classroom before and after school, and current and former parents frequently ask her for advice, which she freely gives with thoughtfulness and warmth. One parent said that the examples of her excellence “might sound like far-fetched characteristics of a fictional teacher.” It is not a fairy tale, however; Dominique is a gifted, dedicated teacher and individual. She is now, also, a Caverly Award winner.