2020 Educator of the Year Award:
The recipient of this award has played an instrumental role in the success of CLCS over the past 15 years. She has been an educator for 31 years.
She currently serves CLCS as a science teacher and Dean of Women. Her friendly demeanor and servant’s heart is an inspiration to all. She is very organized, dedicated, and provides an exemplary level of professionalism to our school. She is a mentor to those she leads and supervises. She is a friend to those who need wise Biblical counsel. Her vast experience in education and classroom management have been an encouragement to teachers in providing instructional methods and management of students. In regards to educational pedagogy she would be classified as a Master teacher.
She and her husband Mike are active members of Cross Lanes Bible Church where she sings in the choir. Both her children are graduates of Cross Lanes Christian School. Katie Monk Cumberledge is an artist and book illustrator. Katie is married to Steven Cumberledge, a nurse practitioner; they live in Charleston, SC. Their son Dr. Micah Monk is a resident at Chillicothe Hospital in Chillicothe, OH, specializing in internal medicine. Mike and Lauren have two grandchildren and a third due any day.
Mrs. Monk understands that Christian education is first and foremost a ministry. She “gets it.” She knows that lasting change begins in the heart of her students. Her love for her students is evident. Many former students return to campus– just to see Mrs. Monk. One student said of her, “you go into try to encourage her and you leave encouraged by her.”
Each year she collects pictures of the graduates and puts them on a poster board in her room. She has done this since becoming a teacher at CLCS in 2006. She does this to be reminded to pray for them. One of the most unusual notes regarding the collage of senior portraits on her wall is that over 30 couples have met at CLCS and eventually married. So if you are looking for a top rate education and a spouse, Cross Lanes is the school for you!
She holds a BA from West Virginia State in Biology and General Sciences. She holds a professional certification from the American Association of Christian Schools and is a certified Advanced Placement Biology professor.
Please join with me to honor and congratulate the 2020 CLCS Educator of the Year: Mrs. Lauren Monk