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Excellence in Teaching


Lynn Starks

Northern Section

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Lynn Starks has been teaching Adult Secondary Education classes in the San Juan Unified School District, in north Sacramento County, for 27 years and has been the lead ASE teacher for the past 17 years. She has shown leadership and dedication by her participation in activities as diverse as being the WASC report editor to representing the teachers at the district level to serving on the local regional consortium ( CAERC) English language arts team that is working to align adult education and community college curriculum to organizing an annual art show featuring the work of adult education students.

Each year, at the commencement ceremony in June, student speaker after student speaker share their stories of their personal struggles to earn a diploma. Frequently, they make a point of saying how the steady, unwavering support and inspiration from their teacher, Mrs. Starks made the difference between success and failure for them. The work she has been doing at the regional level with the consortium to develop bridging curriculum will impact students beyond her classroom. In a report on the ELA pilot boot camp, she noted that, "The students appreciate learning skills they know will be transferable across curricula in ASE and college as well as in employment."

After working as a commercial artist and then insurance broker in her early career, Lynn Starks changed paths. She started as a volunteer in adult education at San Juan Unified School District and then became a full time instructor. A versatile and talented teacher, for several years Lynn took on two challenging assignments; in addition to guiding adult students seeking to earn a high school diploma program, she also taught watercolor, drawing and acrylic classes. When time allows, she creates and displays her artwork in local shows. Her work can be found in homes locally and out of state.