Mentor came together with former students for a friendly little chat moments after a new principal was hired to lead one of Pauls Valley's grade schools.
In fact, it was many of Kevin Lynch's former pupils, now teachers in Pauls Valley, who actively recruited him to be the new principal at Lee Elementary.
Lynch got the job in a school board vote Wednesday, May 15 as he's now set to come here after serving the last few years as the principal at Wynnewood's middle school.
The whole process of how he wound up coming here has Lynch both humbled and amazed.
“Some former students texted me and said come be our principal,” Lynch tells the PV Democrat.
“I've never had a situation like that before. It's a heck of a feeling to have former students do that.
“Sometimes you think you're writing the last chapter in your story and then you get a twist. What I hope is this is my last chapter. I'm excited to be here.”
Lynch was hired by a 5-0 vote by the PV Board of Education during the mid-week special meeting.
He will now replace Tracy Felan, who is leaving the job after one year to take a position with the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal, a statewide research and development center located on the research campus of OU.
A number of today's local teachers were once students of Lynch when he taught at East Central University in Ada before his move to Wynnewood.
Pauls Valley's school superintendent, Mike Martin, simply gestured toward some of those former students when asked about pursuing Lynch for the job of top administrator at Lee, which houses fourth through sixth grades.
“I had a lot of help in getting Mr. Lynch to come here. I had a lot of help to recruit him,” Martin says.
“He's proven himself, and we're blessed to get him here. He has years of knowledge and experience.
“At first I was concerned if we would find good quality people. I think we'll be in good hands.
“He's a superstar.”
The actual board vote was to hire Lynch on a temporary certified contract for the 2019-2020 school year.