Kathryn Garrison Receives Lynn Waple Award

Recognizing teaching excellence, the award will help Garrison pursue further studies in mindfulness

Carolina Day School is delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2020-21 Lynn Waple Award is Upper School French teacher, Kathryn Garrison. This award, made possible by the Lynn Waple Endowment Fund for Teaching Excellence, recognizes teaching excellence and provides recipients with funding to pursue a unique professional development opportunity.

Garrison is well-respected in the Upper School. In 2017, Garrison was awarded the Lynn Waple award and used the funds to attend a Mindful Schools retreat. Garrison said, “Because of the training I received at the retreat, I was prepared to be the opening speaker at the Upper School Mental Health day in 2020, teaching mindfulness classes that day, plus teaching a program about Science and Mindfulness at the Upper School Science Day in 2019. Now, I want to do so much more.” 

Garrison has been leading a wildly successful and well-attended Mindful Monday program for faculty, and plans to apply the award funds toward tuition to attend the Mindfulness Teaching Training program through IBME (Inward Bound Mindfulness Experience). 

“I have been on a mission to help others reduce their stress,” said Garrison. “I do not have to look far to see how the stress of school and outside activities affect our students. I am motivated to teach students how to thrive in their world and not merely survive. Of the many lessons that we teach our students at Carolina Day School, the inner journey of self-acceptance is one of the most important. Empathy for the world in which we live starts with loving oneself.”

The Lynn Waple Endowment Fund for Teaching Excellence was established in 1999 by grateful parents in honor of Lynn Waple, a beloved Lower School teacher. The fund supports professional development for faculty and staff who have been with the school for five years or more and who have demonstrated the highest level of teaching excellence and/or high achievement in other areas of school life.

Endowment funds directly support a variety of school-related programs and priorities, including professional development, tuition assistance, academic excellence, athletics, the arts, and capital projects. For more information about endowment, or for information on how to establish a named endowment at CDS, please contact Advancement Director Elaine Kreuz at 828-210-9153 or ekreuz@carolinaday.org.