Lydia Palmer feels blessed. She grew up in the Douglas County School System, attending Winston Elementary, where her mom worked in the cafeteria, then Stewart Middle School, where her desire to teach was born, and then graduating from Douglas County High School in 1993. She student-taught at Fairplay Middle School and was hired there after graduating from the University of West Georgia with her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education. She was home, and Fairplay became family.

For 27 years at Fairplay Middle School, Mrs. Palmer has been a “go to” teacher. From teaching and mentoring students, encouraging growth beyond the classroom, coaching, and caring, to leading and supporting colleagues in and outside of school, she has focused on Fairplay’s success. Roles have included: basketball coach, 8th grade Chair, Science Department Chair, 6th grade Chair since 2006, and Leadership Team since 2002. She sponsors the school store, assists in scheduling students and teachers, facilitates and organizes 6th grade Orientation, Back to School Parent Night, and numerous field trips.

Family is everything to Lydia Palmer. Thankful to be a teacher in a great school system, she also feels blessed to have a five year old son she thought not possible. Being an older parent has served to reinforce her belief that successful schools are like families. They have challenges, but meet them together. They have disappointments, but support each other nonetheless. They succeed because they work and adapt together. Successful schools find a way, because that is what families do.