Roseville resident inducted into reading hall of fame
Roseville resident and longtime teacher Judy Lynch was inducted into the prestigious California Reading Association Hall of Fame in October.
“It was an absolute surprise,” Lynch said. “It’s just an incredible honor to be honored for my teaching.”
Lynch, 63, is a past president and active member of the Placer Area Reading Council, which she co-founded in the early 1990s. She has authored four books on reading and writing, and is working on her fifth. Her husband, Mike, coaches football at Granite Bay High School.
Lynch began her career as a high school teacher before transitioning to elementary school, where she noticed a problem with reading among her students. She’s since been on a quest to determine what’s holding students back and what teachers and parents can do to help.
She spent nine years at Greenhills Elementary School in Granite Bay before moving to another district. She retired after 33 years of teaching in 2009. The next year, she returned to her former school three days a week to tutor first graders.
The Placer Area Reading Council originally nominated Lynch for another award, but the California Reading Association selected her instead for their highest honor.
“Rarely does one find a reading specialist/classroom teacher who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to California’s teachers, students and parents in reading,” wrote council President Taffy Maurer in her nomination letter.
Lynch has taught training seminars since 1993. Last year, she donated her time to present strategies in teaching reading comprehension, vocabulary, word work and phonics to more than 90 local teachers.
“We did it again this year and guess what? We got 90 more teachers,” Lynch said.
She also organized the Latino Family Literacy Project at one local elementary school.
“Unfortunately at that time, the mothers of our Hispanic students were seen but not heard,” Maurer wrote. “They had no voice in our school and felt helpless as they strived to be partners with the school in educating their children.”
This project empowered these women, Maurer wrote, by giving them tools to help their children in reading and promote literacy at home.
Lynch credits her Hall of Fame achievement to her involvement with the reading council.
“It’s a community of learners,” she said.“Being part of that council changed my teaching.”
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CRA Hall of Fame selection criteria:
• Extraordinary service to local reading councils and to the California Reading Association
• Outstanding dedication to the cause of literacy
• Effective leadership in the field of reading/language arts
• Recognized scholarship by professional peers
• Served as a model, inspiring those who follow
For more information about the Placer Area Reading Council, visit www.placerareareadingcouncil.org.