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Leigh Beson (MA '22)


Rochester Memorial School
Rochester, MA

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 1

At the time of the Award, Leigh Beson was:

Title I Reading Interventionist
Dighton Elementary School
Dighton, MA

Subject(s) taught: Reading
Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4

Biographical Information

Students at Massachusetts’ Dighton Elementary make huge strides in literacy thanks to reading interventionist Leigh Beson. She uses data to optimize targeted student learning and designs instructional activities tailored to each child’s unique needs. Beson employs a wide range of assessments to monitor student progress and fine-tune her methods. Her objective: ensuring that all students progress towards their full potential.

Beson held the same focus on student growth in her previous role as a first grade teacher. She covered the walls of her classroom with interactive color-coded anchor charts studded with sticky notes, placeholders for questions raised as the class worked, and offered students choice in writing assignments, keeping a box of prompt words on hand to offer ideas as they wrote, edited and revised. On Fridays, Beson led craft projects that tied together lessons from the week—a unit on weather, for example, ended with students making wind chimes. She emphasized collaboration in helping students reach their potential, making sure every student in her classroom succeeded with organizers, checklists, scaffolding and differentiation. During the pandemic, Beson’s interactive Google Classroom included both asynchronous and synchronous instruction, weekly assignments and suggestions for time management. By the end of each school year, most of Beson’s students met grade-level expectations, regardless of where they started.

Beson has participated in the district’s literacy academy and served on curriculum, writing implementation and district literacy teams. Teachers who have observed her in action see a leader not unlike the conductor of an orchestra, always aware of what everyone in the class is doing and who needs help at any moment. Everything Beson does at Dighton has a singular purpose: to make a difference in the lives of students, colleagues and the community.

Beson earned a bachelor’s in English from Fordham University in 2009 and a master’s in elementary education from Northeastern University in 2012.

Press release: Massachusetts Educator Leigh Beson Is First in Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District to Be Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

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Leigh Beson In The News

Dighton Teacher Gets Surprise of a Lifetime as She Learns She won $25K National Award
Taunton Daily Gazette  |  USA Today  |  Apr 07, 2023  |  Taunton, MA

Dighton-Rehoboth Teacher Honored with Premier Educator Award
The Sun Chronicle  |  Apr 06, 2023  |  Attleboro, MA

WATCH --> Mass. Teacher Surprised with Prestigious $25K Educator Award
WCVB-TV  |  ABC  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  Needham, MA

Dighton-Rehoboth Educator Gets $25,000 Award
WBSM-AM  |  Townsquare Media  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  Fairhaven, MA

WATCH --> Dighton Teacher Awarded National Milken Award
WLNE-TV  |  ABC  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  Providence, RI

LISTEN --> Dighton Educator Receives Milken Award For Exemplary Work In The Classroom
WBZ-AM  |  iHeartMedia  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  Medford, MA

WATCH --> Dighton Teacher Surprised with Milken Educator Award
WJAR-TV  |  NBC  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  Cranston, RI

WATCH --> Dighton Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award
WPRI-TV  |  CBS/FOX  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  Providence, RI

Additional Information


2012 M.A., MAT Teaching, Elementary Education, Northeastern University

2009 B.A., English, Fordham University