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Lee Wins Distinguished Bowdoin Educator Award

Story posted June 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Alexander L. Lee Jr., a San Francisco high school teacher, has won the 1998 Distinguished Bowdoin Educator Award from the Bowdoin College Alumni Association.

Lee, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1980, is senior class dean and a history teacher at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. He is also the founder and executive director of Aim High, an academic enrichment summer school for at-risk middle-school students in the Bay area. Founded in 1985, Aim High now is located on six campuses and serves 400 students and is a model for similar programs across the country.

After graduating from Bowdoin, Lee served as a teacher at The Rivers School in Weston, Mass. and a resident advisor for the Horizon Upward Bound summer program in Detroit. He earned a masters degree in education from Harvard University in 1985, the year he joined the Lick-Wilmerding faculty. In 1993, he was named a Klingenstein fellow at Columbia University, completing additional coursework and a study on public/private school collaboration. In 1996, he was a recipient of the Beacon of Light Award, sponsored by Temple Emanu-el, for distinguished and innovative service to the San Francisco community. He has served as an advisor for the I Have a Dream program and as a participant in Leadership San Francisco.

The annual award, which recognizes "outstanding achievement in the field of education," by alumni/ae of the College, was presented on Saturday, May 30, at the Bowdoin Reunion Convocation. The award is given annually, alternating between educators at the primary/secondary and post-secondary levels.

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