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Lake Ridge Teacher Loves Introducing Montessori to Scholars

Lake Ridge Teacher Loves Introducing Scholars To Montessori

Lovelea Lynch has taught at several schools in multiple states, but the Cedar Hill citizen said none of it compares to the Montessori Program at Lake Ridge Elementary.

"It really prepares the whole child and not just the academic component," Lynch said. “We have 16 scholars in the class, and they are doing several different things simultaneously – from doing math, to watering flowers, vacuuming, cooking and folding towels.”

Lynch plays an integral role in the Lake Ridge Montessori Program – where she introduces 3 to 6 year old scholars to self-paced education.

“It’s very important to prepare the environment,” Lynch said. “We are encouraging scholars beyond what the textbook and pacing calendars expect of them. We have 3-year-olds who want to do what their Kindergarten peers are doing. They want to be more independent. A lot of their word problems have math in them, and everything overlaps.”

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is also a key part of Montessori as Lynch asks her scholars to “choose an emoji” at the beginning of each day to share how they are feeling.

Lynch, a parent of CHISD Graduates, is originally from Chicago. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the American College of Education in Indiana.

She relocated frequently because her husband, Lorenzo, played cornerback in the National Football League – for three teams in 11 seasons. 

“I found a job teaching every time we moved,” said Lynch, who served on the school board in Elk Grove, California – the 25th largest city in the state.

Lynch was living in Cedar Hill and teaching in the Metroplex, when she saw a sign about Lake Ridge’s Montessori Pre-K. She felt compelled to apply.

“Montessori was everywhere in California,” Lynch said. “I was glad to see that Cedar Hill ISD had a program. The scholars gain confidence and learn a lot, and they understand what it’s like to be part of the group.”