DRACUT -- Two Dracut Senior High School teachers will be honored Thursday for their efforts to enhance the quality of education.

Mass Insight Education, a nonprofit organization improving public-school performances, has selected Lauren Murphy Akashian and Theresa Pellegrino, both English teachers, to receive the Partners in Excellence Award. This is part of Mass Insight's Advanced Placement STEM program, designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math education within participating area schools.

The second annual award celebration will be at the Museum of Science in Boston April 17.

A total of 22 teachers of English, math or science will receive the $1,000 award. More than 500 teachers in 60 schools across the state participate in Mass Insight's program.

Tom De Santes, Mass Insight's director of marketing communications, said Partners in Excellence is made up of foundations, corporations and individuals all working together. He said teachers are chosen based on enrollment, participation and performance in AP courses at their respected schools. Teachers receive special training on how to teach the courses, and those who go above and beyond in their leadership are recognized for their efforts through this award.

Special projects AP course teachers can undertake include Saturday study sessions as a form of extended learning. Students receive three throughout the school year and are clustered with those from schools in neighboring regions.


De Santes said this collaboration is part of Mass Insight's efforts to better enrich education and learning.