LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Lynelle Snyder

Position: Art Teacher
School: Plainview-Elgin-Millville 4-6 Elementary School
School District: Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools
City, State: Elgin, MN

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Lynelle Snyder was nominated by her principal, Clark Olstad.

Ms. Snyder is a passionate educator who gives her heart and soul every year to her students. She is very caring, but at the same time, she holds all students accountable for their actions. She believes it is not enough to only teach art. Her role as an educator is to help students learn from their mistakes and give them an opportunity to grow into caring, responsible people.

Ms. Snyder has many strengths as an educator, but one of her best strengths is her willingness to devote hours and hours of extra time above her normal job duties to helping a child succeed and to adding the amazing beauty of art throughout the district. During the annual fourth grade canvas painting project, which takes her many hours of preparation to begin with, she and her husband spend the entire weekend finishing the project and displaying the completed canvas paintings throughout the school for everyone to observe. Also, Ms. Snyder and her church volunteer many hours during the summer to paint a variety of classrooms and hallways again. They create artistic displays and gorgeous classrooms for adult staff and students to enjoy.

Mr. Olstad recalled a quote from Salvador Dali that reminded him of Ms. Snyder, "A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others." It's exactly what Ms. Snyder is capable of and does each year at school by inspiring students to be creative and let their personality come out in their artistic projects.

As demanding as Ms. Snyder is on her students, she is far more demanding of herself. She puts in countless hours of work before school, after school, on weekends, and during summer vacation so that she can give her best genuine effort to her students. All of Ms. Snyder's educational success as a teacher is because she has earned it through an enormous amount of work.

“She is, and will continue to be, a LifeChanger to many students and families at Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools,” Olstad said.