“We saw some huge changes in kids’ behavior,” he said. “Our bullying statistics improved and we’re looking at increases in the number of kids passing classes.”
Lonergan said having the freshman program in place has been an experience that is personalized to each student, their strengths and interests. The model was a three- to five-year process and in the third year, things are going well.
Lonergan said he is also proud of other efforts at Pinkerton to help integrate the freshmen class, including the annual Freshman Field Day in the summer where students from all towns gather for team-building games, challenges and events.
He is humbled by his potential top honor, and gives credit to the school, the staff and administration for supporting students and their goals.
“I like what I do,” he said, “and I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in.”