Lindsey Evans

Wake County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2019-2020; 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Apex Friendship Middle School

Lindsey Evans has taught eighth grade social studies for 10 years, nine at Apex Middle School and one at Apex Friendship.

Family: Husband, Ben, sons Mason, 7, and Graham, 4

Originally from: Casar, N.C.

Lives in: Holly Springs

A new school*: Everytime we do something, it’s for the first time ever: the first sporting event, the first pep rally. Now that we have all of those firsts under our belt, I know that next year will be even better.

*Apex Friendship Middle School welcomed its first class for the 2018-2019 school year.

Middle school years: There’s such a stigma surrounding middle schoolers. It is such as time of change in their lives: physical changes, emotional, social, psychological. All of these things are happening. We, as teachers, have a really cool opportunity to mold them and help them unleash all of those changes to be used in a remarkable way when they move forward.

Teaching philosophy: Relationships are No. 1. That’s what comes first every day. We start our class having kids share out good things happening in their lives. That two-minute mark of each day totally changes the dynamic of a classroom. When a kid knows that you care … they are going to do their best.

Loves: I really love the World War I through World War II era. If there was ever something to be a roller coaster in history, those few decades are certainly my favorite. I get very giddy about those.

On Winning: Just to be nominated among these rock stars was already a major accomplishment. It means a whole lot that I get to represent a brand new school and an amazing group of staff members here. Now, I get to represent 11,000 other teachers. It’s so wild and bizarre. I hope I do this job justice over the next year. You feel like you have a lot of responsibility to do it right and to do it well.

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