WEIR — Southeast Elementary teacher was honored for being an “outstanding” teacher.
As part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the Kansas Reading Roadmap honored a teacher at each of its partner schools across the state.

USD 247 supports the KRR, which is a literacy after school program which also extends student learning during the summer.

The recipient of the KRR Outstanding Early Literacy Teacher Award at Southeast Elementary was Special Education Teacher Jennifer Lynch.  

On Wednesday, Principal Tammie Hall, KRR Program Manager Shanna Richard and KRR Coordinator Jamie Ball presented the award to Lynch during an all school assembly as a surprise.
“We came up with some who we want to say thank you — even though I know all teachers do — but thank you for helping the kids at all grade levels, thank you for coming up for interventions, and thank you for always not giving up on kids,” Hall said before the student and teacher audience.

Lynch — who has been with the district for nine years — said she went into education because she loves working with children and teaching.
“Every day has a new challenge involved,” she said. “I work with kids with all abilities and they are amazing to work with.
“I have a phenomenal group of people who I work with as well.”

The teachers she works with are “phenomenal” the para educators are “outstanding,” Lynch said.
“There’s no way I could do my job without all of them,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot from the teachers I’ve worked with.”

In the past Lynch has assisted with the KRR program called FAST, which is now called LIFE. The program encourages parents and students to get more involved in reading.

Currently, Lynch provides small group interventions for children who struggle with reading and math.
“I’m extremely honored to be chosen out of so many great teachers, there are so many teachers that would be equally if not more deserving,” Lynch said.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.