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Lindsey Martin RSS
EDUCATION
B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education, Purdue University, 2002 - 2006
M.S. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Purdue University, 2009-2011

CHILDHOOD
I was raised in the rural community of Canton, Illinois by William and Sharon Dodds. My parents taught me to value family, hard-work, independence, and education. I was lucky to share my childhood with my big sister, Laura.  Although I was ten years younger, she always allowed me to tag along.  I could count on summers filled with riding bikes around town, visiting the local candy store, and spending hours at the library. 

As a child, I loved school.  Throughout my education, I was blessed with wonderful teachers who embraced my (sometimes annoying) curiosity, and my nature to challenge them.  Some of those teachers still serve as my mentors. 

COLLEGE
I remember entering my high school senior year without any idea of what career I wanted to pursue.  It was hard for me to imagine choosing a career at the age of eighteen knowing I would be doing it for the rest of my life.  Because of these uncertainties, I only applied to one college, Purdue University. When I received my acceptance letter, I was so excited, but anxious about leaving my family to live in a completely different state.

Purdue was a wonderful environment for me. I experienced opportunities that I would have never received in my hometown. I still had not chosen a career path though. My college counselor suggested taking a career exploration course.  This led me to choose teaching as a career.

TEACHING JOURNEY
During my student teaching experience, I knew I was meant to be a teacher.  I loved it!  In 2006, I began my career at Lafayette Jefferson High School as a math teacher.  Most of my time at JHS was spent teaching as part of the HEART program.  Because of this program, I found a new enthusiasm for teaching.  I loved the feeling of community among the students and staff in the HEART program. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

FAMILY
While teaching at Jefferson High School, I met my husband, Josh, through a mutual friend.  In 2008, we were married at my parents' home.  We have a son, Reed Joshua, and a Shih Tzu named Oliver.  We feel so lucky to call Lafayette our home and to have a strong support system here.  We love spending time with our families and friends, attending sporting events, playing cards, and traveling. 

OAKLAND
After six years of teaching at Jefferson High School, I was ready to take the next step in my career.  I was interested in pursuing an administrative position.  When I heard about the Oakland High School position, I knew it would be perfect for me.  I would be able to work in an atmosphere similar to the HEART program with Mrs. Lutgen who had been a mentor to me at Jefferson High School.  I would also be able to still teach.  I am so lucky I have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Oakland family!
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