Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 12:00 p.m., Church Street Center
Monique Symes '11
Monique Symes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Media and a minor in Political Science in 2011. She holds a Master of Education degree from Lesley University. She currently serves on the MCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors.
As a student, Ms. Symes took charge on campus; not only did she do well in her studies and manage to graduate a semester early, she cofounded NeXXus (the MCLA step team) and served as a Residential Advisor.
Ms. Symes has taken that same energy as an alumna and professional in the workforce, and put it towards teaching inner-city youth at the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester. During the day, she teaches her middle school students lessons in humanities, and following school hours, she teaches them step. As the former Captain and President of NeXXus, she demanded excellence; as an educator, she does the same. She is a dynamic leader, influences students positively and serves as a role model to many.
The college honored Ms. Symes with its MCLA Young Alumnus Award in 2014. Ms. Symes also received the Dean’s Medallion in 2010-2011 for her leadership and service to MCLA and the Lorraine B. Maloney award for volunteer work in 2008-2009. Ms. Symes is a native of Boston and currently resides there.