Carolyn Slygh was nominated by her daughter, Lauren McKim.
Ms. Slygh has been a part of Seminole Ridge since before the school even opened. She designed her school's biotech program from scratch. It was the first of its kind in the state of Florida, and it has always drawn her school's strongest academic students. Students stay in the program because they love it so much.
"Lyn has long been one of the most respected science teachers in Palm Beach County," said Dr. James Campbell, Seminole Ridge principal. "I still remember attending a workshop one Saturday at Lake Worth High School when I was a young biology teacher. Lyn taught us about how she had her students performing DNA extractions. Today's students don't see it as a big deal, but it was unheard of 20 years ago. She was ahead of the curve as a teacher and remained that way throughout her entire career. In my 11 years on this campus as an administrator, I have never heard a single student or parent complaint about Lyn."
"We have all heard the quote about standing on the shoulders of giants. Lyn Slygh is truly someone I consider a giant in education," said Dr. Campbell. "I have enjoyed watching her in the classroom and will miss being able to call on her to provide sound advice that I could always trust to be in the best interest of students."
"My mother has been a LifeChanger with students and teachers alike, including myself," said McKim. "My mother is the reason I went into teaching as a career and am now working towards a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has always loved her job and students. She had a true passion for her work. Watching this passion in her is what inspired me to continue my journey in education."