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Throughout the year, Teacher in the Spotlight will shine the light on teachers and staff who do exceptional things
for our students and go above and beyond each and every day.


The spotlight is on Lynn Selkirk!


lynn selkirk poses with a studentFor 19 years, the lives of students in the Monticello Central School District have been enhanced by Lynn Selkirk. Because of her knack for finding innovative ways to support and motivate students in her care, she was appointed as KLR’s Social and Emotional Wellness Coordinator in 2015. In that position, she is directly responsible for addressing the non-academic needs of students. But, her reputation for being an outstanding educator able to turn students’ challenges and struggles into triumphs and opportunities was established long before her current job description was.

She created a “breakfast packing program” where all students in the school take turns organizing and preparing the school-wide free breakfast. The students who participate in this program have developed a sense of responsibility and an idea of what having a job in the future might be like. She created KLR’s first student council to help students to develop leadership skills and empower them to effect change. She manages the Monticello Teacher Association’s social events in an effort to build up camaraderie among staff throughout the district. She collaborated with local agencies to organize a toy drive for students at the school to ensure that each and every student and their families received a gift during the holiday season. She arranged an edible garden project at KLR, where the school community planted a garden to learn the connection between the Earth and those of us living upon it. This is a small sampling of initiatives that Ms. Selkirk has undertaken from the beginning of the current school year. The other 18 years she has spent in the district hLynn Selkirk poses with studentsave been just as innovative.

“Ms. Selirk is the epitome of a leader,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said. “If she has an idea, she will be sure to see it through and ensure that it reaches its highest potential. She’s unafraid to do any and all grunt work to breathe life into her ideas, and she has had many brilliant ideas throughout her tenure in Monticello.”

Her ideas effect students’ lives – students return to her year after year to share their experiences and seek her advice and encouragement as they tackle middle and high school. Students and their families have been known to stop by many years after graduating to thank Ms. Selkirk for helping them to set and obtain their life goals.

“Ms. Selkirk builds student confidence by giving them the tools that they need to think critically and explore strategies when they are not always successful at learning facts,” retired KLR Principal Kim Patterson said. “She helps build a class family that supports one another throughout the learning process.”

Congratulations, Lynn!



We applaud you for being greater than the average!