Camelot Education Celebrates Stetson Academy’s Jonathan Lanouette for Induction into Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame
Legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
For Stetson Academy’s Program Director, Jonathan Lanouette, making a commitment to support the entire team has always been page one in his playbook.
In his role to provide educational programming to support ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania’s John B. Stetson Middle School in Philadelphia, Lanouette provides an encouraging environment for everyone to do their best by working together as a team.
“Having the support of a team can help individuals excel in anything they put their mind to,” said Lanouette.
Lanouette, a 2009 Wesley College graduate, learned the importance of teamwork on the football field for the Wolverines. Through his determination and the support of his team, he achieved many honors while playing football at Wesley, such as conference rookie-of-the-year and member of the Division III All-American and All-Regional Teams. He completed his career as the top tight end in the school’s football history with 149 receptions 2,176 yards, and 24 touchdowns.
It was through these athletics accomplishments that earned him a spot into the Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2020. He joined 11 other former student-athletes as part of the most recent inductee class.
Camelot Education is proud to recognize Lanouette’s honor. Over the last eight years with Camelot Education, his professional career has been marked with the same exceptional qualities that made him a standout student-athlete.
“Jonathan is a transformative leader. He works to build an inclusive culture at Stetson Academy that brings student and staff voices together,” said Milt Alexander, Deputy Superintendent, Camelot Education. “He approaches tasks from a systematic perspective that adds value. He inspires others toward collaboration because he cares about students, parents, colleagues, and the community he serves.”
Lanouette credits his former coaches for much of his success on and off the field. They taught him there is always going to be some adversity to overcome.
“In working with Camelot Education, I get to build from past experiences and give back to our students and staff no matter what adversity they might be going through,” said Lanouette.
While Lanouette majored in sports management, he ultimately knew his true passion is working with kids.
“Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher so I could give back,” said Lanouette. “Our students know we are all in this together, we have their backs, and we help them as best we can toward a successful future.”
Lanouette and Alexander share more in common than their careers with Camelot Education. Alexander also played football for Wesley College where he had a successful career playing a similar position as Lanouette. Alexander also credits his former coaches for building leadership qualities and emphasizing teamwork, finding a way to achieve success at all times.
“I apply that same thinking to our mission at Camelot Education,” said Alexander. “Through our teamwork, we help students find a way to win.”
Alexander is a source of inspiration for Lanouette as well.
“Milt brings leadership, consistency, and an open ear to Camelot staff,” said Lanouette. “Whether it’s business or life, he’s always available to me and that’s what I appreciate about him.”
In partnership with ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, Camelot Education’s Stetson Academy serves ASPIRA middle school students who are referred to Stetson Academy due to significant disciplinary violations and risk not matriculating or graduating on time. The staff at Stetson Academy excels at re-engaging students in their education by helping them overcome behavioral, social, emotional, and academic challenges in their lives. When students return to the main ASPIRA program, they do so with the ability to tackle challenges positively and be academically and socially successful.