Lynette Daniel awarded Excellent Educator of the Week
by megan hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Lynette Daniel teaches art education classes at Dayton Elementary School and unexpectedly, on Oct. 4 she was greeted by a surprise guest. WCCO reporter Edward Moody presented Lynette with the Excellent Educator of the Week award.
She began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin White Water where she studied K-12 art education.
“I’ve always wanted to be an art teacher, since the third grade,” explains Lynette. “I had great teachers in Madison, where I grew up and they really inspired me to chase my dreams.”
Lynette enjoys her job at Dayton Elementary because, well, it doesn’t feel like a job to her.
“It’s so gratifying to see them learn,” she says.
Many students she’s taught in the past have been reconnecting with her since they heard that she had been given the award and Lynette says it’s wonderful to hear how they’re doing. They share memories they have of her and let her know how much she’s influenced their lives.
Lynette adds how enjoyable it is to get to know students throughout their five years at the school. Since the students she sees begin at a young age, she gets to witness them learn new things about the world everyday.
“I love the kids here,” she said. “The best part of my job is when they look at the artwork they’ve created and say ‘Wow, I did a great job.’ To me, that’s the most gratifying thing; when they’re proud of themselves and feel good about what they’ve done.”
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