Nancy N. Wood Excellence in Education Award

St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School and the Board of Trustees are proud to announce Mrs. Lynell Johnson, Pre-Kindergarten I Assistant Teacher, as the 16-17 school year recipient of the Nancy N. Wood Excellence in Education Award.  Faculty and staff nominate peers for the award, and these are then reviewed by an award selection committee consisting of Board members.
In 2001, the Board established this award to recognize and reward teachers or staff members who consistently and unselfishly go above and beyond normal expectations of time, energy, and devotion in working with students. Named in honor of the retirement of past Headmistress, Nancy N. Wood, the award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who personifies quality in their teaching and in their influence on student learning. 
Lynell is admired by her colleagues for her love of God and her love of children.  For nearly 20 years, she has graced the St. Mark’s campus with positive energy, compassion and kindness.  Motivated by her desire to live God’s word and love of children, she treats her students, and her colleagues with love and generosity. 
The words that come first come to mind from her friends are: Positive, dedicated, loyal, motivated, energized, humble, adaptable, compassionate, empathetic, generous, kindest, backbone, loving, loyal, Godly, respected, and loved. One of her colleagues wrote that she was born with a heart to serve others. This is very apparent each time she leads the pre-primary students in singing during Chapel.
Lynell has worked at St. Marks since 1998 as a Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten assistant and has her National Certification in Early Childhood Education and Development (CDA).