Name: Mrs. Lydia Ingram Wish List
Title: Middle School English Teacher
Lydia Ingram began her teaching career in 2005 at St. John’s Lutheran School in Winston-Salem. From 2008 to 2014 she taught at Concordia Lutheran School in San Antonio, Texas. She returned to St. John’s in 2016 and teaches middle school Language Arts. Mrs. Ingram graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University, Nebraska, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K–6), a K–12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification, and a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. From 2018–2020, Mrs. Ingram was Chair of the SJS Accreditation Steering Committee. She is a member of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and the North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA). In addition to part-time classroom teaching, Mrs. Ingram also works as a professional copyeditor for an economics policy institute in Washington, DC, and for a handful of think tanks and university professors. She loves reading, playing handbells at church, drinking Moravian coffee, and visiting art museums with her husband and son.
I believe that education opens doors and makes life more enjoyable. When students learn how to read, understand, and appreciate challenging material, they will be able to enjoy a much wider world and climb to higher heights. When students develop strong written and oral communications skills, they position themselves to not only succeed academically but to also flourish socially and emotionally, able to express their ideas and experiences effectively. When students are exposed to a variety of genres and a diverse range of authors, they are more likely to develop empathy, understanding, and open-mindedness.
As I teach, I allow my natural love of my subject matter shine through. It’s more fun to learn material from teachers who are passionate about their subjects. I take great care to show the purpose of every lesson or unit, not only in the short-term, but also in the “real” world. When middle school students understand the reasons for learning something, they are more likely to engage with and absorb new material.
For the sake of cultivating a safe and secure learning environment, I strive to be reliable, communicative, purposeful, receptive, and mindful. I make myself available to families through email, phone, text, and in-person meetings. Students deserve to have adults in their lives who love them all the time, and they deserve to have parents and teachers who work as a team to help them succeed. I believe my students are beloved children of God, worthy of love and belonging. It is my greatest privilege to be their teacher.