Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

SCCPSS Counselor Recognized with 2019 Yale Educator Award

Published on: 9/26/2019

Former Savannah Early College School Counselor Ms. Lisa Hickson, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Yale Educator Award.  The award, sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions, recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.

Ms. Hickson was nominated for the award by Savannah Early College Class of 2019 Graduate, Nathan Castro Martinez, who is now a part of the Yale Class of 2023.  The nominations were then vetted, and winners selected by a committee in the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Of this year’s 311 nominees, who represent 490 U.S. states and 23 countries, 55 teachers and 18 counselors were selected to receive the award.  Matriculating Yale University students are invited to nominate high school educators.   Following the selection process this month, the winners were sent engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement. 


Yale is a top research university with a unique emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education.  All 6,000 undergraduate students enroll in Yale College, which offers more than 80 majors and hundreds of opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research.


The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these recipients of the 2019 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale.  The Admissions Office is proud to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.


Ms. Hickson is currently working as a counselor at Godley Station K8 School.

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