KINGSTON — Silver Lake Regional Middle School teacher Laurie Parker recently received a 2020 NELMS Master in the Middle Award.

The New England League of Middle Schools announced the award at its 39th Annual Conference on March 9-10.

“Pay attention to the learning needs of young adolescents and recognizing their unique developmental stage can make a significant difference in the lives of 10-14 year olds,” Jeff Rodman, executive director of NELMS said. “Recognizing those experienced middle level educators is a major part of the world of the Recognitions Committee who often have a very difficult task choosing the winners.”

The NELMS is a nonprofit organization. Through its vision, leadership and programs it provides a network of services for learning about and implementing developmentally appropriate practices for young adolescents. For further information, call 978-557-9311 or email