Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Sergeant Major (Retired) Douglas C. Lynch, the Leadership Education & Training Level I Army JROTC Instructor at Lee County High School. Sergeant Major Lynch retired from active military service after over 3 decades of honorable service, and joined the facility at LCHS in the 2019-20 school year.
Sergeant Major Lynch joined the United States Army in 1987 as a Tactical Telecommunications Center Operator/Maintainer. His distinguished military career included deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Syria. His military assignments also included stops in Hawaii, Fort Bragg NC, Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Gordon, GA, Ft. Jackson, SC, Fort Benning, GA, Germany, as well as Camp David and the White House! In view of his military leadership, it’s little surprise that Sergeant Major Lynch was also recently recognized as Lee County High School 2019-20 Beginner Teacher of the Year.
Sergeant Major Lynch has a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security from Campbell University and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Frederick Community College. In high school, Sergeant Major Lynch attended JROTC classes for three years and he credits this experience for giving him a successful headstart in life.
Sergeant Major Lynch’s objective in class in to share the same type of experience with every cadet in the program. In his introductory video to JROTC, Sergeant Major Lynch observes, “Students choose to attend JROTC for different reasons. JROTC is a leadership academy where students find challenges and learning opportunities that no other class in a school can offer. JROTC will set students up for greater success in all of their other classes. Our goal is for our cadets to become successful after high school, whether they go on to higher education, enter directly into the work force, or volunteer for military service.”
Sergeant Major Lynch and his wife Michelle, a fellow educator, are parents to 3 sons. In his free time Sergeant Major Lynch likes to ride his motorcycle, hike, run, kayak, do yard work and spend time with his family. His current goal is to through hike the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Welcome To Sanford and the community congratulate Sergeant Major Lynch on his successful transition to teaching and thank him for his decades of dedicated service to our country.