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Teacher Lindsey McKan '05 Honored with Sweet Instructorship in STEM

Teacher Lindsey McKan '05 Honored with Sweet Instructorship in STEM

Julie and Chad Sweet, parents of former students Chloe ’25 and Abby ’26, believe that the importance of young women having opportunities and role models in STEM cannot be overemphasized, which led them to endow the Sweet Instructorship in STEM in 2022.

The Sweet Instructorship recognizes a full-time Holton faculty member who teaches in the STEM fields and has worked at Holton for at least three years. The person should be a deeply committed teacher who inspires students to find joy in studying their subject area; a teacher who puts students at the center of their learning, challenging them to stretch while supporting them; a teacher who continually engages in professional learning; a teacher who lives out the School’s mission and actively supports the School’s institutional goals and priorities. 

This recipient of the Sweet Instructorship in STEM will hold the honor for three years and will work with the donors in conjunction with the Advancement team. It is with gratitude that we thank Julie and Chad for their extraordinary and generous support of our School, the faculty, and most importantly the students who will benefit from a STEM education. 

Lindsey McKan ’05, Computer Science and Design Technology Teacher and alum, was named the 2024 Sweet Instructorship in STEM recipient. From the moment Lindsey returned to Holton as an educator, she has become a vital part of the community, demonstrating unwavering commitment to inspiring students. She places students at the center of her teaching, consistently displaying a profound appreciation for both science and the curiosity of a child’s mind. Her interactions with students are characterized by enthusiasm and deep engagement, making her a true STEM teacher. 

Lindsey engages students across all critical fields of STEM, allowing them to explore the intersections and amplifications of these disciplines. Her influence spans all three divisions at Holton-Arms, meeting students where they are at every age level and sharing her passion for learning. The Design Thinking process is integral to her work, as she uses thoughtful questions to guide students to reach both thought and project endpoints they never knew they could achieve.

A natural collaborator who enjoys the process of building ideas with colleagues, Lindsey's creative spark and collaborative spirit lead to engaging inquiries and projects that balance the development of critical skills, promoting student agency and empowerment. 

Congratulations, Lindsey!

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