Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of reports on the 2017 You Are Special award winners from the 25th Annual Salute To Framingham. The report below was written by the building principal. Photo by Petroni Media Company.
Carolyn MacKinnon has worked at Framingham High since 2006, as a history teacher, Director of the Step Up to Excellence program, and Career Development Coordinator/Director of the Academic Development Center.
Cal is always smiling and brings a positive approach to every situation. She is willing to help in any way possible to assist students, and she is collaborative and generous with her peers.
As a member of the History department, Cal served as a team leader of Professional Learning Communities that analyzed departmental midterms and finals and created curriculum for US History 1.
She mentored many new teachers and pre-service teachers, and her peers routinely sought her out for guidance.
Many credit her with helping them develop as educators.
Cal also worked closely with her colleagues to boost both the enrollment and the scores of the AP Psychology course to the point where the course has the highest enrollment numbers of any AP class in the school.
In her current role as the Director of the Academic Development Center and the Career Development program, she makes sure students are meeting high expectations while also making sure each student is cared for.
As the Director of Step Up to Excellence, Cal’s dedication to helping students would periodically find her taking students into her home to have them live with her when they had no place to go. Cal’s talent and work ethic are exceeded only by her amazing heart and kind nature.