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Catherine C. Latham

Catherine C. Latham (MA '01)


At the time of the Award, Catherine C. Latham was:

Teacher/Department Chair
Lynn English High School
Lynn, MA

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Catherine Latham is the Superintendent of the Lynn Public Schools, a lifelong Lynn resident and graduate of Lynn English High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the State College at Salem, a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Salem State College and a doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in Leadership in Urban Schools. Dr. Latham taught mathematics for over twenty years in both the Peabody Public Schools and the Lynn Public Schools and was a former Mathematics Department Chair at Lynn English High School. While teaching at Lynn English High School she received National Board Certification in the area of Adolescent and Young Adulthood Mathematics, was a member of the Corps of Massachusetts Exemplary Educators and, in 2001, received an Outstanding Educator Award from Salem State College and was one of three Massachusetts recipients of the national Milken Educator Award. In 2002, Dr. Latham joined the Lynn Public School Department’s district team as the School Support Coordinator and in that capacity worked closely with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to assist all Lynn schools in the preparation of their School Improvement Plans and in the analysis of data. In 2005 Dr. Latham became Deputy Superintendent for the Lynn Public Schools and was appointed Superintendent in 2009. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Operation Bootstrap in 2009. Dr. Latham is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northshore Education Consortium, the Lynn Business Education Foundation and the School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Advisory Board at Salem State University. She works collaboratively with the Lynn Community Health Center and received the 2011 Outstanding School-Based Health Center Supporter award from the Massachusetts Association for School-Based Health Care. She was also the recipient of the 2012 Commitment to Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Personal Message

I am currently the Superintendent of the Lynn Public Schools in Lynn, Massachusetts. I am a strong supporter of public education and feel that the public schools of this country have produced and continue to produce students who are well-educated and well- prepared for the future. I am proud to be included among so many talented individuals of the Milken Family Educators network. The professional opportunites afforded me after receiving the Milken Award were outstanding and have allowed me to become an influencial voice in public school education.

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1967 Salem State College, B.A.