I grew up with a dad who was a high school educator. He taught and coached for 18 years and then went on to become an administrator for 17 years! I always respected him and his passion for changing his students and athletes’ lives. Watching his passion grew a passion in me that couldn’t be stopped.
I had so many people try to talk me out of education because of all the “red tape” and “changes.”
Nothing could stop me from pursuing my dream of following in my dad’s footsteps and changing student lives for the better! I knew that I wanted to make an impact on children’s lives and leave a legacy just like his.
I only wish the world understood how many “jobs” an educator really has. Planner, cheerleader, supporter, guider, and a warm hugger to name a few. I wish they understood that being an educator is about far more than lesson plans and instruction, it is about changing and growing young people into lifelong learners, citizens, and successful adults. Teachers are required to dig in and find the humans inside all the underlying issues in students lives. Teachers still have to teach students even when they are dealing with things outside of school that they shouldn’t have to be. Teachers have to encourage students to be their very best version of themselves even if their parent is incarcerated, their best friend just committed suicide, they only eat while they are at school, they are home alone every day and night, they are homeless, and the list goes on.
If my students learn one thing from me, it wouldn’t be anything academic. If they could learn one thing from me it’s that they are loved and respected! I want them to know that I will always support them anyway I can to ensure that they will succeed in school and life.
To be a successful teacher, you don’t have to be a certain “score” or “number”, you simply have to:
Be the Positive!
Be the Support!
Be the Love!
Be the Change!
Be whatever those students need you to be!
Lynnsey currently serves at Sterchi Elementary School as a K-5 TPaCK (Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge) Coach. She has worked in the Knox County School System for nine years, where she’s held multiple roles including RTI Coordinator, School-level Technology Ambassador, Certified Cognitive Coach©, TEAM Certified Evaluator and on the Leadership team. She is also a LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Year-Long Reading Course Graduate. Lynnsey earned both her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 and her M.A. in Reading and Reading Specialist from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. She also serves as a Hope Street Group Tennessee Teacher Fellow, engaging her colleagues in providing classroom feedback to the Tennessee Department of Education on public education policy issues.