More than 55 years after she first started as a teacher, Lynne Schlyder’s ability to be at the forefront of teaching practices, her drive to see women succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, her relentless approach to self-improvement, her mentoring of others, and her ability to boost student results through engaging lessons, continue to inspire everyone around her.
Generations of women have paid tribute to the Year 6 Somerville House teacher for the part she has played in helping shape their skills, knowledge and attitude in STEM subjects.
Somerville House Acting Assistant Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning, Gaye Ryan, says Lynne’s current teaching strategies include flipped learning, ‘crime scene’ investigations, learning walks, a Harvard University thinking routine called flat chat, a think-pair-share technique, which requires student collaboration, and learning journals.
“Lynne has a gift for instilling a love of learning within her class environment,” Gaye says. “Lynne is always asking her students to achieve beyond their wildest expectations.”
For decades Lynne has worked hard to instil a strong sense of gender equity in students at the all-girls’ school, with former pupils often coming back to visit her.
“Parents very often request their child is placed in Lynne’s class — such is her reputation in the school community,” Gaye says.
Lynne’s drive for self-improvement and her philosophy on learning are something other teachers aspire to. She has attended universities in Queensland, New South Wales and the United States of America, and uses research-based strategies to improve student outcomes.
The Highly Accomplished Teacher has participated in Independent Schools Queensland research projects to spearhead innovative teaching practices and regularly visits other classrooms to observe and learn from other teachers.
“She has mentored numerous beginning teachers and supervised many ITE (Initial Teacher Education) students, as well as being appointed Year 5/6 level coordinator,” Gaye says. “She understands the important role she must play to ensure the future of the profession so that students can be taught by competent teachers.”
Lynne has engaged in many extra-curricular activities at the school—including in debating, public speaking, Maths Olympiad, GATEWAYS and Brainwaves—to enable girls to have a holistic education.
Her dedication to students, staff and the Somerville House community over the past 38 years is greatly respected and admired by her colleagues.
Congratulations Lynne on your nomination.