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Dr. Debra Lynch

Chairperson and Professor of Special Education

Difference Maker

Nominator: Maria Piscitelli Bickel '95 M'99

Maria's Memories:

"Be the change you wish to see in the world," - Mohandas Gandhi. This quote represents who Dr. Debra Lynch is and who she helped me to become as a teacher.

I will never forget one particular test in Dr. Lynch's class. I was having trouble deciding between two multiple choice answers; I could make a case for both answers. I brought my test up to her desk and asked her for some support to help me determine the correct answer. She said, "Maria, that is what special education is all about. If you can prove your answer to me and write it next to the answer you choose, I will give you the credit."

That short encounter more than 20 years ago shaped my educational philosophy. Not all children will fit into the same "testing box." Not all children will learn in exactly the same way. Not all children will interpret everything you teach correctly the first time...but that is okay! She is one special woman who inspired me to teach in the same format she used that day. Dr. Lynch also helped me to win the Dean's Award and the Student Teacher of the Year Award, two very special things that happened for me at Kutztown. She encouraged me. She inspired me. She changed me.

Be the change you wish to see in the world; Dr. Lynch has encouraged so many students to do just that.

Thank you, Dr. Lynch!


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