Glenwood Ridge teacher wins local citizenship award
Glenwood Ridge Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Linda Lynn was selected on the local level as the recipient of the National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Award in the elementary division.
This honor has put Lynn, who has served in the Basehor-Linwood School District for more than 17 years, in the running for the national competition.
Lynn has taught in the school district since 1984 and has been a teacher since 1970.
Lynn said she was caught by surprise when she learned about the nomination.
"Honestly, I was stunned," she said. "I was proud Tom (Glenwood Ridge Elementary School principal Tom Sack) even considered sending my letter of recommendation in.
"It was very exciting to be nominated."
Lynn will be honored at a dinner and special presentation at the regular Basehor Veteran's of Foreign Wars meeting at the Rose Room on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Sack, who has worked with Lynn at GRE and before at Basehor Elementary School for the past 10 years, said Lynn was the clear choice when considering nominees.
"I had received information from the VFW and the first name that came to mind was Linda," Sack said. "She is an outstanding teacher and has all the qualities for a citizenship award."
While Lynn is hesitant to speak about the qualities that made her the nominee for the school district, Sack said Lynn has exhibited outstanding teaching skills during her career as an educator.
"I would say first and foremost, Linda is the voice of experience to our staff," he said. "She brings a lot of years of experience to every meeting and workshop and helps a lot of us."
During her teaching career, Lynn has incorporated life skills into her teaching curriculum to help her students become good citizens.
"We try to teach things that they can use in the real world," Lynn said.
From here, Lynn will go on to the state competition and could move further along with the national contest.
"Obviously, we would love to have her win," Sack said. "
"It is important she gets the recognition she deserves."