Student Spotlight: Lynsie Mandt

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 Senior Lynsie Mandt receives the Caldwell Award for Leadership in the Art and Science of Teaching at Bethany College's annual Honors Day.

An Early Education major, Lynsie Mandt was recently awarded the Caldwell Award for Leadership in the Art and Science of Teaching.

“It meant the world to me to receive that award,” she said. It is awarded each year to a student that has shown special talent and creativity and exemplifies the belief that effective teaching extends beyond the classroom into the community.

As president of Kappa Delta Pi, the educational honors society, Lynsie has helped organize events that do just that. She’s been instrumental in planning Boomer’s Book Club events, which invite children in the community to visit stations of interactive games and activities that foster reading and literacy skills.

“I have also been a part of and organized Fun Day, where around 135 special education students come to Bethany to enjoy numerous activities. Also, being a Kalon leader has taught me how to get involved on campus, and I have really learned how to be a better leader,” Lynsie said.

She’s also vice president of Senior Class Council and captain of the Bethany volleyball team. The ability to be so involved on campus and also play a sport she loves is important to her, she said. “It’s what makes Bethany so special to me. There are so many opportunities here – don’t miss them!”

Of course, being so involved also means juggling practice, games, projects and tests.
“Being a student-athlete is tough sometimes. I worked with my coaches and professors on my time management skills to overcome it,” she said.

After graduation in just a couple weeks, Lynsie has plans to put her Bethany education to use. “I want to find a job where I can do the two things I love – teach and coach.”