RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - This week’s WTOC Top Teacher was a long time elementary school teacher who made the switch to high school and is now teaching some of those same students she did years ago.
Jennifer Lynch is teaching her high school students at Richmond Hill about Early Childhood careers.
“I’m passionate about kids, and I want them to be passionate,” she said.
Lynch has been teaching for 20 years, Sixteen of those were in elementary school before moving to high school four years ago.
“If you would have asked me five years ago, ‘would you ever teach high school,’ I would have said no, and now I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she said.
Lynch says building a relationship with her students is the biggest thing she can do.
“The most important thing, they don’t want to learn from you if they don’t like you, especially high school kids, and you are hard to like at this age, because they don’t like adults much,” Lynch said.
Lynch seems to easily break down that barrier with her students.
“I love that you care. She cares what you do in your life, worries about your family, makes sure you are okay, makes sure your grades are good, asks you what’s wrong if you are upset. She will talk to you and she is very encouraging, and she’s a fantastic teacher,” said student, Aspen Wallace.
“Mrs. Lynch is probably the best teacher I have ever had. She is the most caring lady that I know, and she cares about everybody that walks through that door. It’s doesn’t matter if it’s your bad day, her bad day, she will hound you until you tell her the problems and what’s going on in your life so she can help in the best way she can,” said student, Kassidy Berry.
“I just want them to be successful and happy. Whatever career you choose to pursue, whatever they decide to do with their life, I want them to feel fulfilled and to be happy,” Lynch said.
Lynch comes from a long line of teachers. Her grandmother and mother both were teachers.