URI graduate is taking her education in and out of the classroom to a career in education

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KINGSTON, R.I. – May 16, 2007 – Senior Kaitlin Lambert is leaving the University of Rhode Island with an impressive list of involvement, honors, awards, and memories. A recipient of the prestigious A. Robert Rainville Leadership Award this year, she dedicates her free time to political leadership roles within Greek life and the Student Senate and is a student assistant in the president’s office as well as a resident assistant.

Lambert was also the executive director of this year’s Up ‘Til Dawn St. Jude Hospital fundraiser, which raised more than $30,000 for the children’s research hospital. “It came to campus a couple years ago,” Lambert said. “It was a Greek only type thing and I had been on the executive board. After I learned about hoe it was supposed to be done and how much we could do, I came back and made it a campus-wide event.”

The senior from Little Compton majors in Human Development and Family Studies with a certification in Early Childhood and minors in Leadership Studies and the Honors Program. While staying involved on and off-campus, she has maintained a 3.64 grade point average.

“Personally, my experiences have shaped me into the woman, student, daughter, mentor, sister and friend that I am today,” Lambert explained. “To make a difference through leadership starts with caring for others, and making the best and most of each situation, while encouraging others to do the same.”

As part of the education program, she has been able to apply her leadership skills while student teaching and serving as a classroom assistant in various elementary schools throughout the state.

Lambert said she chose her major because she has a great passion for working with young children. “ I now feel like a community member,” Lambert said. “ I’ll go out and run into the parents of my students.”

Lambert plans to move to New York City in June to work with the Teach for America program. The program selects college leaders and sends them into school systems that are failing, to work with students at the elementary level.

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Kaitlin Lambert with her parents.

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