Local teacher presents at national conference

By Josh Beavers

One mark of an excellent teacher is their own willingness to never stop learning. That’s why Lakeside’s Madalyn Wynn has continued adding to her own knowledge over the past several summers by taking part in a variety of on-site scientific study summits.

She’s just returned from Washington state where she attended the National Marine Educators Association Conference. The event is held annually for the study of environmental issues. During the event, she discussed with researchers all known environmental issues currently facing Louisiana.

She will use this knowledge in the classroom to better educate her students.

“I think it’s important for the kids to learn these things because of the issues facing Louisiana, especially along the coast,” she said. “These issues will affect us even though our community is not coastal.”

As part of the conference, she presented an original lesson plan on giant salvinia as an invasive plant species that has troubled our area for years. The lesson plan was published in a scientific journal, and the organizers of the conference thought so highly of the work they invited the local teacher to the event.

“I always want to encourage students to never stop learning, so I try to learn as much as I can to bring back to them,” she said.