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Brentwood Teacher Receives State Farm Grant

Brentwood Teacher to Transform Classroom with State Farm Grant

Congratulations to Allison Lynch on Receiving $2,500 Towards Standing Desk Project

BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK (FEBRUARY 2021)—A Brentwood Union Free School District (BUFSD) educator is one of 40 teachers in New York State selected as a recipient of the $2,500 State Farm Teacher Assist program grant. Ms. Allison Lynch, an ENL teacher at North Middle School, will allocate the funds towards her standing desk project to enhance her students’ classroom experiences. 

“I want my students to feel like the scholars I know they are, so why not give them a desk that makes them feel that same way,” said Allison Lynch. “I love witnessing their eyes light up when they read a novel with me that inspires them to keep reading, or when they have that ‘Aha!’ moment when tackling a challenging topic. This year specifically, I’ve had so many moments where I find myself learning from the students just as much as they learn from me.”

A colleague, who was aware of Allison’s vision to provide her students with an appealing learning environment that emphasizes collaboration and focus, informed her of the upcoming application and encouraged her to apply. Steadfast in seeing her goal come to fruition, Allison completed an application, which highlighted her innovative teaching vision, to be reviewed by the State Farm Review Committee. 

As detailed in her application, Allison will allocate the funds to purchase standing/rolling individual desks for her students, since research has shown that standing and movement while learning can improve retention rates and aid students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The portable desks, which feature enough space for a laptop and books, will create a more versatile learning environment and provide Allison’s students the autonomy to safely collaborate while enforcing the district’s social distancing protocol of 6 feet. 

Allison began her career in education with Brentwood in 2007 as an English Language Arts (ELA) teacher. Afterwards, she pursued a certificate in Teaching English as a second language (TESOL) and took her talents to West Middle School, East Middle School and to her current assignment in North Middle School.