Lind has transformed lives

To the editor:

Terry Lind is my hero, and I’ll vote to re-elect him to the Lakeville Area School Board.

Terry’s life is a story of service. He is a veteran, Lions Club member, educator, retired principal, proud parent and an active grandparent in our Lakeville schools. He has grandkids in each school level – elementary, middle, and high school. No one has better experience, both professionally and personally, to tackle this job.

Prior to moving to Minnesota 10 years ago, my son was in second grade. He had such great anxiety about school that he would cry and was a nervous wreck as we walked the three blocks to the school … every … single … day. He begged me to homeschool him. He was identified as gifted, and had speech issues, but no services of any kind were made available. The situation was heartbreaking.

Terry Lind helped change my child’s life. In March 2006, we arrived at Lakeview Elementary and met Principal Terry Lind.  Terry took my son on a tour of his new school. The teacher and classroom were already expecting him. Our new neighbor was his classroom buddy. Everything that could be done to welcome a child was done. Terry asked my son if he’d come back to school the next day. For the first time, I saw my son relax in a school setting. By the end of the first week, my son bounded out of the car at morning drop off, with a “Bye Mom!” I had tears again, but this time tears of joy.

Fast forward 10 years – my child graduated Lakeville South this spring with a 4.0, and is attending college with a scholarship. I don’t know if this would have happened without Terry Lind’s care and expertise. He just gets it – and that’s why Terry has my vote.

Christine Preston