Lyn Monteleone was spotlighted in a profile written by Peggy Sharpe recently for the St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association website. It tells about her life and accomplishments, as well as her hobbies. Here is a copy of it.
Spotlight on Lyn Monteleone, written by Margaret Sharp
When we hear the word Magnolia,
we often think of something beautiful, sweet and gentle. How fitting
that the next person to be in the Spotlight was born in a town called
Magnolia! Magnolia, Arkansas!
Monteleone comes to us in a roundabout way from that small town in
Arkansas. As the oldest of four girls, Lynda Ketteringham moved around
quite a bit as a child. Lyn’s father, an engineer in the oil field and
then in the burgeoning space program, worked in numerous locations after
schools in Shreveport, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and
finally in Slidell. Here she asked her parents to please let her get
to know her classmates and graduate with friends. And they did! Lyn is
a proud graduate of Slidell High School, as were two of her sisters,
Genie and Georgia.
graduating from high school in 1966, Lyn attended Southeastern Louisiana
College and lived in Cardinal Newman Hall. In 1968, she wound up on a
blind date with a guy from Covington and his buddy Bill Brady. The
blind date was Lennie Monteleone and the rest was history! Lyn and
Lennie were married in 1969.
and Lennie raised two boys, Paul and Payton. Paul lives in Zachary and
works as an account manager for the State Department of Education
Community and Technical Schools and has two girls, Maddie, 15, and
Sarah, 4. Payton is an assistant principal at Lee Road Jr High where
his two children, Sophia, 11, and Luca, 8, attend school. This makes it
very convenient for Lyn to carry out some of her grandmother duties at a
school close to home in Lee Road.
first job was babysitting at age 12, she has held a variety of positions
throughout her career. After receiving a degree from Meadows Draughon
Business College, Lyn worked at Slidell Memorial Hospital in Medical
Records and as the administrative assistant to Johnny Bankston at the
Agricultural Extension Service.
began working for St. Tammany Parish School System as secretary to
Richard Tanner, para-professional at Covington Elementary, and then
secretary at Covington High School for 18 years! After that, Sylvia
Dunn needed her to help run Food Services, so she worked clerical in
that department for six more years.
While Lyn is
officially retired now, she is still working! She tries to follow a
schedule with Mondays dedicated to volunteering at Monteleone Junior
High. On Tuesdays, she works with the Student Assistance Team at Lee
Road Junior High in the morning and does gardening there in the
devoted to the Master Gardening organization. She keeps Thursdays open
for the St. Tammany Retiree School Employees Association where she is
1st Vice President-Membership, and on Fridays, she is often found
substituting at Lee Road Jr High. This does not sound like the schedule
of a retired person!
has carved out some time to do a few things for fun. She’s been on
cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. She went on a Disney Cruise with her
family and even was able to take a trip to Paris! She enjoys going to
see the Christmas lights in Natchitoches.
And one of her
favorite things to do was visit her grandmother’s family home on Tybee
Island, Georgia. Her beloved grandmother was a school principal and a
college teacher, so it seems Lyn was destined to live in a family of
Lyn spends her
small amount of free time these days tending her chickens, gardening,
visiting her sister, and passing time with her old buddy Bill
Brady and his wife Angela and friends Paula and Jim Fauntleroy.
about her still busy schedule involved with the school system, Lyn
replied, “I miss the family atmosphere. How can you step away from
something that you love?!?”