Lundy named Intermediate Teacher of the Year
By ANTHONY FLORES
With more than two decades in the classroom, Liberty Hill Intermediate math teacher Katy Lundy says she’s seen almost everything her job can throw at her. That was until this school year started.
“Almost everything was different. From talking in a mask all day to making everything digital,” Lundy. “We couldn’t pass things out or share materials. We weren’t able to do a lot of activities. I teach math, so math manipulatives and other math activities were things we couldn’t do. It was like reinventing the wheel all year long.”
Lundy started working for LHISD right out of college, and for 23 years, she has remained in the district, teaching fifth grade the entire time.
“I’ve always been with fifth grade,” said Lundy. “We’ve moved a couple of times from building to building, but I’ve always been with the fifth graders. I used to think I wanted to go lower, but I’m acclimated to them now. I figured out that they’re pretty independent. They get you, and you can have fun with them at the same time.”
For her work through this most challenging time, Lundy was voted Liberty Hill Intermediate’s Teacher of the Year by her peers.
“It was a crazy year for it to have happened this year,” said Lundy. “This was one of those years where you feel like you’re starting your first year all over again because it’s all so different. To earn this award was a great feeling. Like it all paid off.”
Principal Josh Curtis believes all staff members went above and beyond to keep things running smoothly, but Lundy shined bright.
“What made Mrs. Lundy stand out was her unselfishness throughout the year,” said Curtis. “She switched from remote learning to in-person learning, back to remote, then back to in person across both grade levels. She did this with a positive attitude and volunteered to do whatever was best for the students and the campus. That much switching could make one more stressed, but not Katy. She took it in stride and came to work every day focusing on helping all students, not just the ones on her roster.”
For Lundy, part of the issue with remote learning was the lack of liveliness during some classes.
“Communication and being able to talk to the kids was hard,” said Lundy. “There is silence for the most part. It’s like talking to an empty room. You can’t have them all talk at the same time and have to set up some expectations. Even when they’re quiet in the classroom, there are still things going on. It’s not like that on the computer. You hardly get them to talk there.”
Although she misses the in-person interaction, Lundy is just happy to have any communication with students.
“It wasn’t hard connecting, but it was kind of weird,” she said. “There were some that I hadn’t ever seen. You can’t force them to turn on their camera, so there were some that I had been teaching all this time without knowing what they looked like. Overall, it was very refreshing. Even though it wasn’t normal, it was still somewhat normal.”
Despite the stressful year, Lundy is hopeful for the future. With the school year almost behind her, Lundy plans to relax and rejuvenate over the summer.
“It’s relieving. It feels like we’re on the downhill slope, it’s going to be over soon, and things will all be normal again,” said Lundy. “I am going to find sun and water. A beach. A lake. That’s my thing. I’m going to be by the water relaxing this summer.”