CRLS Teachers Honored with Faculty Distinction Awards

CRLS Teachers Honored with Faculty Distinction Awards
Posted on 07/02/2021
(L-R) Faculty Distinction Awardee Joshua Landwehr, CRLS Principal Damon Smith, and Faculty Distinction Awardee Monica Murray
The Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Class of 2021 honored four teachers who made significant contributions to their learning and personal development over their high school years. In a small ceremony on Tuesday, June 22 outside CRLS’s Fitzgerald Theatre, the honorees brought the total number of recipients to 60 since the Faculty Distinction Awards were established in 2007.

Dana Gauthier, who has been a high school English teacher for fifteen years, is appreciated by students for her creativity and empathy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Colgate University (2003) and a master’s degree in teaching from Boston University (2005). “I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the CRLS community and will especially miss this senior class, who greeted me with open arms and hearts when I arrived in October of 2019,” said Ms. Gauthier.

Joshua Landwehr, a teacher of history and social studies at CRLS since 2007, is appreciated by students for his cheerfulness and ability to motivate students. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UMass Boston (2007) and his Master of Education degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (2008). Mr. Landwehr said, “My sincere wish for the graduates is that one day they can do what they love and love what they do.”

William McDonald, a teacher of biology and environmental science at CRLS since 2017, is appreciated by students for his kindness and helpfulness. A graduate of Somerville public schools, UMass Boston, and Boston University (1990), he has taught in Cambridge for 27 years. “The reason this recognition means so much is that it was determined by the students,” said Mr. McDonald of his Faculty Distinction Award.

Monica Murray, a teacher of drama and film studies at CRLS since 2002, is appreciated by students for her enthusiasm and moral support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College. Said Ms. Murray, “I have been so impressed by the students' kindness, bravery, and resilience this year and throughout my career. I can't thank them enough for making me a better person and teacher.”

The Faculty Distinction Awards are sponsored by Friends of CRLS, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting opportunities for the public high school’s students, graduates, and faculty. For more information about Friends of CRLS, please visit
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