Lynn D. Stewart taught history and government for 34 years at Boulder City High School in Nevada. He now serves as a member of the Nevada State Legislature, but he says that “almost every day” he meets former students who now serve their communities as judges, school board members, or administrators; one is the mayor of Boulder City. As a teacher and as a civil servant, Stewart has been able to watch his students grow. He says, “It is gratifying to see these young people become leaders” and to “know that you may have had a small part in their success.”
Stewart’s career began at BYU, where in 1965 he received a BS and two years later an MA. Student teaching was an important part of Stewart’s education. The classes he took through the McKay School prepared him as an educator and as a legislator. In fact, student teaching is still an important part of Stewart’s life: Although he’s a busy politician, he finds time to be a student teacher supervisor at BYU Idaho when the legislature isn’t in session. Stewart was first elected in 2006, two years after he retired from teaching, and was reelected in 2008 and 2010. During every legislative session, Stewart serves on the Education Committee, on which his expertise and passion for education aid him in his assignments.
Stewart and his wife, Dianne, have been married for 43 years. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Stewart reflects that while the financial dividends of teaching may be small, “teaching is a very rewarding career.” Although he no longer spends the majority of his time in the classroom, Stewart’s life is still enriched by his many years as a teacher. His career demonstrate the impact a good government teacher can have on lifelong civic engagement—his students’ and his own. Every day Stewart sees the difference that teachers make.
May 1, 2011