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We’re highlighting our Teacher of the Year Finalists for their outstanding work. Join us in celebrating these AMAZING educators! #InspiringMinds #EveryChild

Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalist

Lindsay Ripley

Nottingham Elementary School

Art teacher, Kindergarten-5th Grade


University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Education minor, 2010

Teaching History

Nottingham Elementary School, 2013-Present

Conroe ISD, 2010-2013

In her own words . . .

“Within my classroom, students learn to accept and to give critique and to grow as artists and people. The relationships I have built with my students constantly inspire me to grow as a teacher, to continue to educate myself, and to bring back what I have learned to my school.”

“My students’ creative expression, curiosity and constant inquiry, their persistence to overcome struggles, their enthusiasm to take on tough challenges, and their drive to cooperate with each other to solve problems are my inspiration. Visual art teaches indispensable skills to children through various projects that incorporate a variety of skills and materials, global perspectives regarding art history and contemporary art, and growth through art criticism. I am honored to experience this magic firsthand.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Ripley’s passion for helping children reach their full potential reaches past school art classes to each student’s social and emotional well-being. She collaborates with other teachers regarding students, promoting consistency and support for the children beyond their regular classroom. Her willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ is respected and appreciated by the students, our school staff and our community.”

Sherrie Folger, Nottingham Elementary Assistant Principal

“Her dedication to broadening the creativity and art education of her students, as well as her deep care and concern for their well-being, makes her one of the most remarkable educators that I worked with in my career.”

Lori Davis, retired Nottingham Elementary kindergarten teacher