Laurie Midgette graduated from Freeport High School on Long Island. She served as the Principal of Prospect Heights High School and was responsible for leading the transition of Prospect Heights into a campus of small New Vision High Schools, winning the Council of Supervisors and Administrators Performance Incentive of $5,000 in 2004 and $10,000 in 2005 and $5,000 in 2006 for improving the academic performance of students within her school. Prior to this, Laurie Midgette served for 11 years as a teacher, Articulation Coordinator, Special Education House Coordinator and Assistant Principal English/ESL and Second Languages at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York. Additionally, Laurie Midgette has:
- Currently serves as the Director of Education for Christian Cultural Center under the leadership of Dr. AR and Karen Bernard.
- Won the Peabody Award for Community Service in Education along with Hillary Clinton.
- Was named NYC Teacher of the Year by NYC Board of Education and NY Newsday.
- Received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the NYS African Studies Association.
- Served for 10 years as the creator and director of a Multicultural Rites of Passage Program that took hundreds of teenagers through 13 different workshops culminating in an annual Cotillion.
- Has appeared in feature articles in the NY Times.
- Graduated with a BA from SUNY Albany and holds two Masters’ degrees from Cornell University where she published a thesis entitled: “Teacher Certification and the African American: Testing and Other Issues, and Long Island University where she studied Administration and Supervision. Currently, she is pursuing doctoral studies with Northcentral University and will complete her studies in 2011.
- In 2004, studied at the Harvard University Principals’ Center and received a certificate in the course entitled, “The Art of Leadership”.
- Was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education on October 19, 2009.