Lindsey Lingefelt was nominated by Artrice Kinard.
"Lindsey Lingefelt has given 32 years of service to Anderson School District Four," explains Kinard. "Time and time again, we hear from former students who report the difference she has made in their lives. They not only speak of the educational experience, which was positive, but the life experiences she gave them, to be better people."
Ms. Lingefelt is retiring from Mount Lebanon Elementary School, where she has taught math since the school opened 15 years ago. She has had the duty of calling car riders' names every afternoon the entire time. She has reached even more lives beyond the classroom in that car line. Her pleasant attitude and willingness to listen to students' grumblings have extended her influence within the school's atmosphere. Ms. Lingefelt, for years, has been known as the Dodge Ball Queen, actually playing with her students daily to stay active while diffusing any potential problem before it ever has a chance to develop.
Being the mother of four children, Ms. Lingefelt is also known as the nurturer of her grade-level team. She has always ensured that her students recognized that she loved them first before a math book could be cracked open. Ms. Lingefelt has always displayed a deep respect for others, and adults and children reciprocate that respect.
"One of the most memorable things that she has shared with me, that I'll never forget, is this: 'You will never look in the eyes of someone God doesn't love.' She lives each day with that mantra in her heart, mind, thoughts, and words," said Kinard.