Degrees and Certifications:
Education Specialist Degree in PE/Health/Science/Administration and Supervision Currently certified in South Carolina and Georgia
Ms. Lynne Shrader
I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Aiken Intermediate family! Some of you may know me already as I have just recently retired as the principal of Oakwood Windsor Elementary. I didn't stay retired for long though, receiving an invitation to return as a "working retiree" and the rest as they say is history!
Academically I hold an Education Specialist degree from Georgia College and State University. I recieved my undergraduate degree in PE and Health from Florida Southern College and my Master's from Augusta College. I am certifed in the areas of Physical Education, Health, Science, Administration and Supervision. I began my teaching career 41 years ago, spending my first three years as a substitute teacher with the Department of Defense schools in Frankfurt, Germany where my husband was stationed in the U.S. Army following his officer training at Fort Gordon, GA.
We returned to Fort Gordon in the summer of 1981, then moved to Ft. Hood, Texas. While there I taught PE, Health and Science at the middle school level, having added the area of Science from the University of Texas in Austin. Following the birth of our second child in 1985, the Army moved us yet again, this time back to Fort Gordon, where my husband taught Officer Advanced and Pre-Command courses until 1988. At that time he was offered a position in the private sector and we decided to make Martinez, Georgia our permanent home.
In 1985 I also made a career move, joining the Richmond County School System, teaching PE and working with the local recreation department as well. In 1990 I got my wish to return to Middle School, moving to Lakeside Middle School in the Columbia County system, where I taught PE and Health, while coaching a number of sports at both the Middle and High school. I am sure you can feel some sympathy for my poor children, who to this day still get reminded frequently, by all of their friends, that their mom taught all of them Health and Human Reproduction!
But I wander- in 2008 my husband was offered a wonderful job opportunity in Columbia, opening a branch of ITT Technical College. During the move I was offered an opportunity to move into administration and I became an assistant principal with Richland Two Schools. Sadly, in 2013 my husband passed away and in 2016 my children, living in Martinez and Evans Georgia, wanted me to move closer to home. I began applying here in Aiken and in July of 2016 was offered the principalship at Oakwood Windsor.
I loved my time at OWES and I believe that I was able to contribute in many ways to improve the lives of our students and build a strong relationship with the Aiken community. I hope that I can bring this same work ethic and enthusiasm to my new position here at Aiken Intermediate School!