Bagpipe Tribute for Retiring Santa Ynez Teacher
Linda Mayer is to the left (in black), the line leader is 3rd grader Scarlett Ollenberger
Source: Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
This week 3rd grade teacher Linda Mayer reflected on her last bike ride with her class: ‘I just realized how long I have been doing this ride with students. The cost of ice cream in 1995 was 50c for a big scoop and today an astounding $1.99 for a smaller scoop.’
It was Mrs. Mayer’s passion for the outdoors and alternative education that led her to start the Santa Ynez Valley Charter School 20 years ago this summer. Next week will be her final graduation and farewell to a school she has represented with passion, commitment and plenty of flair. Known for the 25 field trips she takes her students on each year, as well as her colorful classroom with its myriad lizards and fishes, Mrs. Mayer will take her students on one last trip today to the Santa Maria Mini Rodeo.
Charter School Director Dr. John Dewey paid tribute to Mrs. Mayer: ‘Whether it’s project based learning, field trips, cooking, guest speakers, presentations, plays or puppet shows, Linda goes all out to make every learning experience the most fun, the most meaningful and the most incredible. So when Linda shared with me that she was retiring at the end of this year it took me a moment to take it in.’
Mrs. Mayer was one of a dedicated and determined group of teachers and parents who started the school with four classes and eighty students. Her vision was a school that promoted character development, outdoor experience, collaboration and hands-on learning.
There is no suggestion that Mrs. Mayer will change gears in her retirement. Her energy and enthusiasm for life are going to see her as busy as ever with her catering business, family and volunteering.
As a tribute to Mrs. Mayer the third grade will be accompanied back to class after lunch on Friday, May 31 by bagpiper Tom Strelich of the Santa Barbara Sheriff Pipe and Drum Corps.