A child’s first exposure to a structured environment is the year they enter kindergarten. That year is so very impressionable to children (and parents). A child’s first impression can set the tone for their school years. Lynne Mulder retired from Golson Elementary School last year after 28 years of service – with every year spent in a kindergarten classroom, excepting a two-week stint in first grade. Students, fellow teachers and workers alike have the highest praise for Mulder.
From the time a very timid five-year-old child walked into her teddy-bear filled room, they felt welcomed and loved. Mulder’s voice was soft, welcoming, and full of love. She gave a whole new meaning to patience with children. No matter her class size with sometimes very large classes before the mandated class size came into being, she treated each and every child as if they were the only one looking to her for guidance and reassurance that they could conquer kindergarten.
Susan Blanton who worked with Mulder for 18 years had high praise for her, “I worked with her for probably 18 years. She was very caring and loving with her students. She always put her students first and was very consistent in her approach to classroom management and caring for her kids. You could never tell in her demeanor if she had a tough day. She was always loyal and dependable. All of us who worked with her loved and respected her. She was one of those that we loved to be around. One of my all-time favorites.”
Fellow teacher Susan Miller taught with Mulder for years, “Lynne had a love and a passion for teaching. Her love for children was evident when you witnessed her interacting with her students. To sum it up, Lynne was patient, loving, and kind not only to her students and their parents, but to her coworkers as well.”
Retired principal Beth Westmoreland had the good fortune to work with Mulder. Westmoreland said of Mulder, “She is one of the best kindergarten teachers I’ve ever worked with. She had so much patience with children as well as beginning parents. She had so much experience with her own children, it was just natural for her. She did what she was asked to do plus more, always pleasant and worked with kindergarten to make it a team and that led to F.M. Golson teamwork which was our goal for the children and parents.”
Golson principal Amy Allen did not work with Mulder while she was principal but had the opportunity to work with her as a fellow teacher and an assistant principal. Allen said of Mulder, “Lynne has a special love for kindergarten children and a natural grace to nurture and guide them through their first year of school. Teaching our youngest children was her calling and she did it very well. She was also quick to step up and help younger teachers or anyone else who needed it. She continues to do that as she recently came back in to sub when a kindergarten teacher unexpectedly took another job. She gave me time to make a good decision for that classroom without worrying about a gap in their instruction.”
Janie Nolen was yet another teacher who worked alongside Mulder as a teacher and worked with her when Nolen was out of the classroom as a reading specialist, “Lynne has the most patience of any teacher I have ever known. She has more love for her students and if I could find a fault, if you want to call it one, is that she loved her students so much that they would learn for her just about anything. Every teacher could learn a lesson from her style of teaching. She is one of the best. I miss her smile.”
Bunnee Mathis was a kindergarten team teacher with Mulder and is all smiles at the mention of her name, “She is the sweetest friend. I always enjoyed working with her. Such a positive attitude all the time and a great teacher. I am so thankful I got to share the profession with her. What a blessing she was to so many children.”
The children who had the good fortune to be in her classroom sing her praises just as loudly as her co-workers. Ashton Williams said, “Mrs. Mulder was just great. She never had a bad day and she always let us know we could do it. No matter what the task was, she had us convinced we could do it. I babysat her kids when I got older and saw the same love patience with her own kids that she had for us in the classroom.”
Lynne Mulder’s students always knew that no matter what, Mrs. Mulder was in it for them.
Lynne Mulder is truly an exemplary teacher, mother, and wife. She and her husband, Rich have four children, Christy Hatcher, Terri Glass, Michael Mulder, and Tami Huston. Lynne can be seen at school and sporting events, festivals, and parades of all kinds supporting her children and grandchildren.