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Meet Stand-out CRLS Volunteer and Mack Davis Winner, Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle Receiving a Mack Davis Award from Laura Margosian, Director of High School Programs

During Catherine’s five year tenure with CSV, she has volunteered an average of five hours a week and with at least six Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students per year. Catherine specializes in reading, writing, and college counseling. She tutors ESL students twice a week in our Tutoring Center and is the heart and soul of the CSV College Ready Program. In addition to tutoring and mentoring students, Catherine also mentors other tutors. She fields difficult questions, presents on a tutor training panel each fall, and serves as an on-site point person.

Catherine’s motto is “When they succeed, I succeed.” When her students reach their goals by making honor roll, improving their grades, receiving college acceptances and in some instances full four year scholarships, it gives her tremendous personal satisfaction. Catherine encourages students to develop their unique backgrounds into college essays, recognizing the value in their life experience and how it might shape their future goals. She develops trusting relationships with students and motivates them to work hard. Her cheery patience is unwavering, and it’s a given that she will provide additional days to meet student needs or deadlines.

Catherine is extremely popular among a wide range of students. She’s a wonderful role model and valued for her attentive listening, warm and steady presence, and gentle and reassuring manner. When asked, Catherine said her tutoring techniques include talking to every teenager on the same level she would an adult, pacing their work load, and shares “we try to keep it light and have at least one laugh per visit.”

When asked what motivates her, Catherine says simply, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Catherine holds a Master of Education in Creative Arts from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from NYU. However, it was her prior years attending NYC Community College that she feels bonds her with CRLS students. Catherine brings to CSV a professional background as a counselor to college-bound students. At a private tutoring company, parents pay a competitive rate for Catherine’s support, yet Catherine finds her volunteer role with CRLS students to be more meaningful. She says, “Let’s level the playing field. The students at CRLS deserve the same help in advancing their cause.”

Catherine is also the active mother of three girls, teaches weekly enrichment classes at the Chinese cultural center, and is rehearsing for the Celebrity Series of Boston’s Le Grand continental community dance performance in Copley Square later this month.

In summary, Catherine is a stand-out professional who has shown exemplary dedication to CSV and to the personal and academic support of students. It is our great honor to bestow Catherine Doyle with the highest CSV recognition of a Mack Davis award.