Williams bestows four high school teachers with the Olmsted Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.

Williams College has awarded the annual George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching to four outstanding high school teachers.

The recipients are Katherine Fletcher, an English literature teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City; Bob Kulawiec, a chemistry teacher at Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C.; Althea Terenzi, an English teacher at Revere High School in Revere, Mass.; and Brianne Welser, an Advanced Placement (AP) world history teacher at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas. 

Each year, Williams seniors nominate high school teachers who played influential roles in their lives and education. A committee of faculty, staff and students choose winners from among the nominees. Recipients of the award receive $3,000, and an additional $5,000 is given to each recipient’s school. The Olmsted Prize was established in 1976 with an endowment from the estates of George Olmsted Jr. and his wife, Frances.

Fletcher was nominated by Ruby Gary  ’23; Kulawiec was nominated by Isabel Albores ’23; Terenzi was nominated by Shiara Pyrrhus ’23; and Welser was nominated by Samantha Seamon ’23.

Published May 17, 2023