Elmetta Linder taught for 42 years starting in 1958, mostly third grade at Hillandale Elementary. Her “times table race” had students challenge each other in pairs. The first of the two to answer a multiplication question correctly kept or took that seat, trying to advance across the room. She playfully teased students, to help connect with them. “I tried to show I loved and respected them each, as a person.” She is part of four generations of educators. Dr. George W. Fletcher, Fletcher’s founding namesake, is her paternal great-grandfather.

2012 Education Hall of Fame