Over the past 13 years, Lynn Early has a taught in a variety of classrooms. Her experience covers pre-school and all elementary grades and includes teaching accelerated math, science, social studies and reading/language arts to K-3rd grade students. Lynn currently teaches Talented and Gifted classes for grades K-5. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Elementary Education. She holds a Talented and Gifted certification and recently finished a Reading Endorsement Program. Lynn is a member of the Fulton County Schools Vanguard Team, a group of teachers selected to plan and demonstrate the use of technology in the classroom to improve teaching and learning.
First, I would like to thank PBS for providing a platform that recognizes teachers who are committed to the profession. I look forward to learning from and collaborating with other innovators. I am humbled to be included among such a talented group of teachers and I am excited about the possibility of establishing relationships with these like-minded peers. Receiving recognition for your efforts is motivational. I am using this motivation to continue my professional development and plan to share what I know with others.
I would advise a new teacher to pace him/herself, embrace change, learn to prioritize, and forgive yourself for the mistakes you will invariably make. Teaching requires stamina, persistence, and grit. A new teacher needs to understand that by becoming a teacher means you have signed on to become a lifelong student, as there are always professional development opportunities available to improve your skills. Learn from peers, develop a support system of trusted teachers, but cast your own teaching persona based on your philosophy. Always try to be mindful of the child’s point of view. Trust yourself and don’t forget to have fun!