Teacher receives top VFW honor
A fourth-grade teacher at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School is in the running for a statewide citizenship education award that could lead to national recognition.
The teacher, Linda Lynn, advanced to state competition after winning the local citizenship education award from Basehor Post 1149 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Lynn said she was "surprised and elated" after learning she won the Basehor VFW award earlier this month.
Lynn, who has taught in the Basehor-Linwood district since 1984 and has been a teacher since 1970, would compete for the national citizenship education award if she wins at the state level.
Basehor VFW education director Jim Oberg said Lynn was deserving of the award.
"Linda is always working and helping in a place where the community needs her mostworking with children," Oberg said.
Lynn has not only had positive impacts on her students, but on fellow teachers as well, colleagues said.
GRE Principal Tom Sack pointed to Lynn's professionalism and dedication.
Sack said when he was a first-year teacher, he often sought advice from Lynn.
"We didn't have a mentoring program and Linda Lynn was always open to helping me with things," Sack said. "I am excited and blessed to work with Linda. It is an honor and a privilege."
During the nomination process, Sack said, the first name that came to mind was Lynn's.
"When I read the letter the first time Linda Lynn was the first name that came to mind," Sack said. "I think all of our teachers in the district are deserving but she was the first that came to mind."