Brenda Lund forges lifelong connections
by Jennifer Chick
Dakota County Tribune
Brenda Lund feels that her main role as an educator is to make connections with students. Her peers have recognized that passion for teaching and have honored her as Farmington’s Teacher of the Year.
Farmington’s Teacher of the Year is nominated and voted on by the teachers within Farmington Area Public Schools District 192.
“It truly is an honor and it’s a humbling experience when you have so many amazing colleagues who deserve to be nominated,” Lund said.
She teaches Advanced Placement Psychology at Farmington High School, a class she loves for the personal interaction she is able to share with her students.
“One of my jobs as a teacher is to make things relevant in their lives,” Lund said. She is teaching seniors who will be heading off to college soon and she loves to be a part of that transition in their lives. Psychology allows her to talk with students about friends, family and even enemies as they delve into how people relate to one another. Lund has been described as a storyteller and she enjoys sharing stories from her life to help make ideas and issues relevant to her students.
Lund began teaching in the fall of 1997 after graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield. She taught for one year at Medford, Minn., before she accepted a position at Farmington High School in the fall of 1998. She was a student-teacher at Farmington High School and said she really enjoyed the experience so she was happy to return to the school as a full-time teacher.
“I’ve always known that I wanted to work with kids in some capacity,” Lund said. “My mom was a teacher, which I know really influenced me.”
As she reflects back over her 17 years of teaching, she shares this advice with new teachers. True to her teaching style, this advice can also be useful to her students who are graduating and heading off to college in a few months.
“Be yourself,” she said. “Students respond best when you are genuine and real. Some days will be crummy and you may even cry, but the good news is, some days you will laugh. Learn to laugh with your students and at yourself.”
She has found that surrounding herself with inspirational people builds confidence.
“Find people who inspire you and share with them,” she said. “The exchange of ideas will give you confidence.”
She also recommends finding activities outside of the classroom.
“Get involved in something other than your classroom,” she said. “Your classroom is part of a larger community, just as you are.”
Lund is involved with the Sunshine committee, peer coaching, Games for Change and is an intramural volleyball team member. Before she had kids, she also coached track and volleyball. Lund’s husband, Jon, teaches science and coaches at Farmington High School. They have three children, Abby, fourth grade, Tommy, second grade, and Jake, 3.