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LYCOMING COLLEGE 2015 SPRING MAGAZINE

F E AT U R E S

inda Murdock’69, religion, is now in her 45th year in the

education profession, but shows no sign of deceleration. “My

son said to me the other day, ‘Most teachers don’t even open one

school in their careers, and now you’ve opened two,’” Murdock said.

Lyndon Academy in Woodstock, Ga., where Murdock is the

headmaster, is her latest enterprise. Created by Murdock and her family

in 2005, it is currently a K-8 school with an enrollment of 175 students.

Lyndon’s upper school opens in September, and the school is adding

a grade each year as their students progress until there is a full K-12

offering. The mission of the school is to prepare students for the future

global economy while focusing on developing problem-solving skills.

Student test scores are consistently superior.

One of the more innovative aspects of the Lyndon curriculum is that all

students study three languages: English and Spanish from the time they

arrive, and students begin studying Mandarin Chinese in the first grade.

“I want these children to be ready for whatever the world throws at

them,” Murdock said “It’s no longer just a question of memorizing facts.

There is so much more to learn now and we can’t know the challenges of

the future. We need adults who can think critically and think on their

own, and we expect the kind of education we are providing at Lyndon will

EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECT:

LINDA MURDOCK ’69

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