Lynette Whitley received two nominations from her colleagues. The following profile contains text from both nominations.
Ms. Whitley has worked as a teacher assistant at Richfield Elementary for 25 years. She has taken on many additional roles at her school, from being the primary caregiver for three diabetic children, to first responder, to bus driver. She pulls small groups, grades papers, runs copies, checks blood sugar, covers classes, and helps with students one on one. These roles require patience, precision, compassion, endurance, and most of all, love. Mrs. Whitley's demeanor is always one that displays a true passion for the students, staff, and community of her school.
"Lynette is one of the most inspirational people I know," said Ginger Burris. "When I think of the time and care she gives to the students and school, I am amazed. She is always available and more than willing to help with any task she is given. She will never know how much she has personally helped me with my class of students, especially this year. We are very blessed to have Mrs. Whitley as a partner in education for our children, school and community."
"Lynette is literally super woman," said an anonymous colleague. "We always joke that she always goes way beyond her 10,000 step goal everyday, but it's the truth. She is a radio call away at all times. As soon as you call, she is on her way. Richfield would not run without her!"