Peers in Our Humanity

Lynne’s Teaching

From Dad: I watched Lynne’s blue eyes and inviting smile allure a girl child to share again and again with an adoring stranger who absorbed every word.

Lynne’s friend Ellen is a speech pathologist who worked with special education students. Ellen saw Lynne engage with kids on a playground.  “She had an incredible knack for connecting with kids. Open, honesty in her approach, just unwavering for a kid. She had a knack for saying true things, not greater than it is and not less than it is.”

Ellen thought to herself: “Why don’t we have her as a teacher with us?”

Years later Ellen helped Lynne’s students in special education. “She was a great experience for anybody, especially kids with behavior challenges. She was drawn to them, worked with them, and made a difference with them. She had a highly unusual authenticity, connected.  She didn’t have that hierarchical tone. Consistently with kid after kid she convinced them, ‘We are peers in our humanity.’”

3 thoughts on “Peers in Our Humanity

  1. James S Russell March 13, 2021 / 5:57 pm

    We’re learning from her boys how effective she was beyond what we knew. Pam, it gives me even more respect for my sister.

  2. Anonymous February 12, 2021 / 6:24 am

    Lynne has such a big heart

  3. Marty Bakken February 11, 2021 / 12:04 pm


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