Trinity Preparatory School

Central Florida’s schools are filled with great teachers who continue to inspire students every school year. These professionals remember being students themselves and can name the teachers that had an impact on their lives and propelled them to become classroom leaders.

Byron M. Lawson Jr. developed his love for history, teaching, and sports while a student at Gilman School in Baltimore. While at Gilman he lettered in basketball and lacrosse – two passions that followed Byron to the University of Chicago, where he studied history. When he started at the University of Chicago, he had already determined to follow in the footsteps of his great teachers and invest in the lives and minds of students.

Byron’s teaching career spans the Kinkaid School in Houston and St. Marks School in Dallas, where he began to pay forward the passion that was instilled in him by his teachers. In fact, one of his earliest students, Connor Cook, went to serve as the Head of Middle School at St. Francis Episcopal School. Whether on the lacrosse field or in the classroom, “Byron taught in a cerebral and intentional way” said Cook. “He taught us how to be accountable people in the world, and I will always be thankful for his guidance.”

During Byron’s tenure at St. Marks, he led the school to the Texas Boys High School Lacrosse Championship, served as chair of the history department, was assistant to the head of school, and served as director of St. Marks Fellows Program. It was this breadth of experience and knowledge that led Trinity Preparatory School to name Byron Lawson its fifth head of school before the 2016-17 school year.

Byron is also committed to enhancing education, learning, and teaching. He serves on the Board for the Florida Council of Independent Schools and is the treasurer for the Central Florida Episcopal Schools Association. Outside the classroom, Byron is on the boards of the Orlando Philharmonic and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. He is married to Courtney A. Haught, M.D.: they have two sons, Matthew and Carter.

Byron is excited about this year, which “is an amazing time in the history of Trinity Preparatory School.  We will be graduating our 50th class in 2018, and the paths our graduates have taken, whether in the arts, in science, in medicine, or in many other fields, have made them truly exceptional.”

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