Melissa Lynch, who spent a decade as a classroom teacher before becoming one of LCPS's most accomplished leaders of digital learning, has been named the district's Digital Learning Instructional Coordinator and coordinator of its AIG (Academically or Intellectually Gifted) program.
Lynch's appointment was announced at the October meeting of the Lenoir County Board of Education. She fills the spot vacated when Stacy Cauley, who had held those coordinator positions with the district since February 2014, was named principal of Moss Hill Elementary School this past summer.
Currently the Digital Learning Specialist at Moss Hill, her position for the past three years, Lynch is in her 14th year with LCPS. She taught third grade at Pink Hill Elementary from 2003 to 2006, taught first grade at Moss Hill from 2006 to 2013 and was named the school's curriculum specialist and digital learning specialist in 2013.
Last year she was one of two DLS's, along with Julie Rouse of Pink Hill Elementary, to earn certification as a digital learning specialist from Apple.
When LCPS began its 1:1 technology program in 2014, equipping all K-12 students with iPads and its teachers with iPads and Apple laptops, it named Digital Learning Specialists at each school. where they are instrumental in helping teachers implement the iPads as primary learning tools. As Digital Learning Instructional Coordinator, Lynch will lead the work of DSLs at the 17 schools. As AIG coordinator, she will work with individual schools to ensure their programs adhere to district standards as well as organize the annual Gifted Gala, a spring showcase of the work of AIG students.
Lynch was named the 2012-2013 Lenoir County Teacher of the Year, Lenoir County Outstanding Elementary Math Teacher in 2009 and Outstanding Young Educational Leader in 2008. She became National Board Certified in 2008 and has been the recipient of numerous Bright Idea Classroom grants. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from N.C. State University (2002), Master of Arts in teaching (Elementary Education) from ECU in 2003 and a Masters of School Administration degree from East Carolina (2016).
"I am excited to continue the work with teachers and administrators as we push towards a more personal and individualized school experience through digital learning," Lynch said.
She is expected to move into her new role in the next few weeks.