The Andover Townsman
---- — Editor, Townsman:
I am writing to express my gratitude to a colleague and outstanding educator who is leaving Andover High School.
Mei Lynn, teacher of Mandarin Chinese at Andover High School, arrived at AHS in 2007. She initiated the Chinese language program under Principal Peter Anderson and saw it flourish over the course of the next six years. In 30 years of teaching, I have rarely seen a teacher more dedicated to her students and her craft. Mei Lynn not only taught Chinese language to her students, but she also taught them to appreciate and love Chinese culture. Trips to Chinatown in Boston for scavenger hunts, preparing Chinese dumplings, understanding the importance and meaning behind Chinese New Year with song and dance and teaching respect for education were some of the many contributions made by Mrs. Lynn over the years. She also established a sister school in China and that relationship will continue to grow in years to come.
As a colleague, Mei was a joy to be with day in and day out. She understood keenly who needed what in the office each day and she will be sorely missed.
A great educator is a gift to a school district and most especially to the students who carry those gifts for a lifetime. Thank you, Mrs. Lynn, for your inspiring career.
Andover High School