After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University (with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology) and with a deep passion for educational equality Lindsey joined Teach For America. She began her career in education teaching 7th and 8th grade science. In the fall of 2006 Lindsey took a position with the Children’s Museum of Houston where she worked on exhibit and curriculum development. It was through her work with the Children’s Museum that Lindsey discovered a passion for early childhood education. Lindsey taught kindergarten for 5 years at an elementary school in a large, urban school district and is now teaching Pre-Kindergarten in a dual-language immersion school in the same district.
As an educator dedicated to individual student growth, Lindsey especially enjoys small-group guided reading instruction and seeing children experience the success, confidence, and joy that come with learning to read. She also delights in the opportunity she has to share her own love of books with young students. Additionally, she loves to guide children learning to express themselves through writing, and to gain confidence by becoming problem solvers and critical thinkers. Like many teachers, Lindsey recognizes that her students give more to her than she will ever give to them. She feels privileged to get to hear so many of their questions and insights, which are often humorous, but also poignant and wise. In short, Lindsey is grateful to be surrounded by little people that inspire her everyday. In turn, Lindsey hopes to create an environment in which children remain highly curious about the world and grow to truly love learning. Her hope for her students is that they will internalize these characteristics and will be well served by them as they grow and develop throughout their lives.
Lindsey has been the recipient of several Donors Choose and district grants, which have provided for classroom equipment and learning materials. Lindsey spent several years co-facilitating a Critical Friends Group, which serves to retain, support, and develop second year teachers by fostering a community of educators committed to student excellence and thoughtful professional growth, using protocols developed by the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF). Lindsey has served as a Teach For America Middle School Science Content Team Specialist. While at Indiana University Lindsey was the recipient of the Sarah Park Morrison Scholarship and Stephen F. Cohen Award for outstanding academic achievement, and was published as a co-author in the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.
Lindsey graduated Summa Cume Laude from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology.
Lindsey and her husband have 3 much-loved dogs and a new kitten – all honorary mascots of Mrs. Smith’s class. ☺ In addition to teaching, reading, and pet spoiling, Lindsey loves to run and attend kickboxing class.