HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Public Schools awarded a history and psychology teacher the Gilman Teacher of the Year award.
Greg Lyndaker a teacher at Henrico High School joined the faculty in 2013.
He received his award during a ceremony at Glen Allen High School Tuesday.
Lyndaker is from Watertown, N.Y. He attended Utica College and State University of New York College at Potsdam.
“I’m honored and humbled to be the recipient of this award,” Lyndaker told the crowd of educators. “I come from a teaching family who instilled in me the idea that passion and education are the great equalizers.”
Lyndaker took a moment to thank his teachers who he says inspired him with their love, guidance and passion.
He said teachers put in the energy, time, sweat, and tears into the profession and not knowing if it has paid off can be very hard.
“If it weren’t hard, everyone would do it,” Lyndaker said. “The hard is what makes it great. That’s what we do as teachers, we just keep pushing.”
Amelia Kirchgessner, a music teacher at Chamberlayne Elementary School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year.
Kirchgessner grew up in Henrico County and graduated from Douglas Freeman High School.
The school division’s Christie Award, given to the exceptional education teacher of the year, went to Sarah Gordon of Lakeside Elementary School.
Gordon grew up in Richmond and attended the Collegiate School.