NAAHP-CRARI is led by industry veteran, Marlyn Paris-Lawson. Marlyn’s credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University. She is a dynamic, passionate, results-oriented bilingual professional with over 20 years of combined experience in education, social services and human resources. Ms. Paris-Lawson is best known for her passion for motivating students to tap into their inner-selves, work to their full potential and earn their way to college. Her sound academic tracking strategies, coupled with innovative student advocacy and engaging motivational workshops are contributing factors which have resulted in over 800 at-risk students being accepted to the college of their choice in the last eight years.
Marlyn is credited for her contribution in transforming a local drop-out prevention program into a leading college readiness and college access program, whose best practices have been recognized and adopted at the state level. Furthermore, amongst the high-risk student population groups, Mrs. Paris-Lawson has a high school graduation rate of 96%, of those 93% have enrolled in college immediately thereafter.
Marlyn has been recognized for her impactful contributions in education and social services and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the following:
Honors & Recognitions
Legacy Magazine – One ofSouth Florida’s Top Black Educator 2015
Women of Excellence Conference – Guest Panelist & Service Award
City of North Miami – Proclamation for Outstanding Community Service
Beyond the Bell Community Partner Honor – Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce
Excellence in Program Growth Take Stock in Children, Inc.
Junior ROTC Leadership Corps – Citizenship Award
Outstanding Service Award – Miami-Dade County Commission
Project PASS Advisory Chair – Miami-Dade County Public
Emerging Leader – Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence
Excellence in Program Management – Take Stock in Children, Inc.
Employee of the Year – Disc Village
Unsung Hero – Telephone Counseling and Referral Services