Fifth Grade Center’s Communications Arts/Social Studies Teacher Lynda Guthrie received the April 2015 Excellence in Education Award.
“When I look at placing a student who requires a loving and compassionate teacher, but one who will be structured and provide high standards for learning, Lynda is the first teacher that comes to mind,” says Amy Balsavias, counselor at the Fifth Grade Center.
Lynda is a natural born leader. However, she is also always willing to learn from others. She is open-minded and has a strong desire to find ways to improve upon her existing teaching practices. Lynda also makes it a point to get to know her students’ strengths and interests, and motivates them to achieve more than they ever have – or thought they ever could.
On top of this, her relationship building skills are astounding. She is compassionate and warm, makes herself accessible to others, and has a wonderful sense of humor that her students – and colleagues – love.
Outside the classroom, Lynda volunteers regularly in school-wide activities, such as chairing the first-ever talent show and serving on the Goodwill Committee. Then she brings her A-game to the staff vs. student volleyball, basketball and track competitions. Lynda also serves as the LEA Representative for the Fifth Grade Center, the lead teacher for Communications Arts and is the leader of the school’s PLC Committee.
Lynda joined the district in 2007, as a fifth grade teacher at Spoede Elementary and she received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas and her Masters in Education from National-Louis University in Illinois. is a St. Louis native and has been married to Cameron Guthrie for fifteen years. They have four children – Brooke, age 13, Parker, age 10, Quinn, age 7, and Bennett, age 4.