by Alyx York ’16 and Elizabeth Gilbert ’16
Mrs. Amy Lessner is retiring this year after teaching at LA for 42 years. Amy Lessner is retiring from Lincoln Academy after 42 years of teaching Physical Education. She is the longest serving current member of the faculty.
Mrs. Lessner grew up in the Damariscotta area. As a child, she went to Castner school and then graduated from Lincoln Academy in 1970. She attended the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and English. Upon graduating, Mrs. Lessner was fortunate enough to find her first job at Lincoln Academy. During her first several years at LA, she also coached field hockey, track and field, and JV basketball. According to Mrs. Lessner, her teaching career has spanned “forty-two wonderful years.” Mrs. Lessner and her husband Alan have three children, Kathryn, Nicholas, and Hillary, and all three graduated from Lincoln Academy. Mrs. Lessner will be retiring this year, and plans to spend more time with her family following her retirement. The Lincoln Academy community thanks Mrs. Lessner for her dedication and endless enthusiasm over the years.
Faces of Lincoln Academy: What has surprised you most about LA?
Amy Lessner: It isn’t a surprise, but I want others to know how compassionate the faculty and staff have been here at LA, past and present. They are a wonderful group of people. I will miss them next year.
FoLA: What is one thing you have learned at LA that you will always remember?
AL: Over the years, that no matter how many horrible things are happening in the world, the students here at LA have given me hope for future generations. There have been many amazing people passing through these halls, who have contributed to making our world a better place. They make me smile inside.
FoLA: How have you changed since you got to LA?
AL: I have changed from being that naive , new teacher (who sprained her ankle on the first day of her teaching career) to a wiser person, knowing that patience truly is a virtue.
FoLA: Who are 3 people in the LA community who have influenced you?
AL: My mother, who taught English here at La for many years. She is my role model, not only as a teacher but a mom as well. Also, from the past, is my former English teacher, Pam Kennoyer , who was passionate about teaching. Lastly, my many students, who I have had over the years. It has been an honor to be a part of their lives. I have learned so much from them.
FoLA: Describe yourself in 3 words.
AL: Quiet, compassionate and hopefully funny at times, since we all need a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine.
FoLA: If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
AL: Wishing, to grant wishes to all of those, who don’t have their basic needs met. People often don’t realize how many go without.
“Faces of LA” is a Lincoln Academy student journalism project in which student writers profile members of the LA Community: students, faculty, and staff members. These profiles appear on the LA Website and the Lincoln County News with a photo portrait, also taken by student journalists. This week’s installment is by Elizabeth Gilbert and Alyx York. Both are LA seniors and student in the Communications class.