LSOE's Michele Montavon Is New College Bound Program Director

LSOE's Michele Montavon Is New College Bound Program Director

Asst. Prof. Michele Montavon (LSOE) is beginning her first academic year as director of College Bound, Boston College's widely praised campus-based college preparation program for Boston-area high school students.

Michele Montavon
Montavon, who joined the Lynch School of Education faculty last year, formally began her duties on July 1. She succeeded LSOE Associate Dean John Cawthorne, who had served as interim director after Prof. George Ladd (LSOE), a co-founder of College Bound and its head for 14 years, stepped down at the end of the 2001-02 academic year.

Her professional experiences include consulting to Worcester Public Schools, where she worked with administrators to redesign instructional support services and devise survey instruments to assess needs. Montavon also served 11 years as director of health and substance abuse prevention for that school system.

In addition, Montavon taught high school in the Archdiocese of Boston and worked as a nurse for five years in Washington, DC, and Boston.

As director, Montavon will oversee a program that provides educational assistance to promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds attending West Roxbury and Brighton high schools. BC undergraduates are paired with high school students, who are recommended for College Bound based on their academic potential. More than 140 students have graduated from the program since its inception in 1987.

"I was very pleased and excited to be offered this appointment," said Montavon in a recent interview.

"I facilitated a review of Lynch School-Boston Public School Partnership activities in the year prior to my appointment at BC and therefore had read about College Bound and talked with [Ladd]. So, I had some very useful knowledge of the program and its goals and activities."

Montavon noted several challenges for College Bound she expects to address, such as strengthening youth leadership opportunities in the high schools and incorporating a community service component. College Bound organizers also would like to expand the program into the summer, she said; two College Bound students have been able to attend a special BC summer session for high school seniors each of the past two years.

"College Bound is very fortunate to have the support of so many administrators, faculty and staff across Boston College, and of the Boston Public Schools and City of Boston."

-Sean Smith


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