From one-room school to athletic
By Anne Bromley
Stephanie Lynch walks down the Lawn May 18 to receive her U.Va.
degree, her 90-year-old grandmother, Nancy Liady, who graduated
from U.Va. with a teaching degree in 1933, will be there to watch.
But Lynch is not exactly following in her grandmothers footsteps.
Liady (left), a 1933 U.Va. alumna, saw her granddaughter,
Stephanie Lynch, graduate from high school. Now, three years
later, Liady, who is 90, will watch Lynch walk down the Universitys
her first job, Liady, née Apperson, taught 54 children
ranging from first- to seventh-graders in a one-room schoolhouse
near the Albemarle County hamlet of Batesville. Her granddaughter
concentrated on athletic training in what is now the Curry School
just glad Ill be able to watch her graduate, said
Liady of Lynch, who is one of her six grandchildren.
their different paths in life, Lynch says her grandmother influenced
her by example, as did her mother, Anne Liady Lynch, who attended
Mary Washington College because U.Va. didnt admit women
undergraduates to all schools then. They helped her believe in
herself, she said, and that she could do whatever she set out
confidence has served her well in a field dominated by men. Stephanie
will be a graduate student and teaching assistant at UNC-Chapel
Hill this fall in exercise and sports science. She recently was
awarded the Max Crowder Atlantic Coast Conference Scholarship,
given to an outstanding student athletic trainer.
grew up in Yancey Mills west of Charlottesville and first went
to the College of William and Mary. When her younger sister decided
to go to U.Va., Liady transferred so the two could commute together.
wasnt only the Curry Schools reputation that brought
Stephanie Lynch across country from Arizona where she grew up;
it was partly her memories. She regularly visited her grandmother
in the summer, and she loved it here, she said. Compared with
Phoenix in July, Central Virginia was delightful.
some of my favorite childhood memories, catching fireflies in
a jar, and all that, she said.
interest in athletic training began when she was in high school
in Phoenix. Because there was only one certified athletic trainer
for all the teams, Lynch was often on her own aiding track and
field athletes or the soccer team.
a part-time job and as part of her major in sports medicine in
the Curry Schools
kinesiology program, Lynch has worked with lacrosse players and
swimmers, and even the football team.
doesnt know yet which teams shell be assigned to at
UNC, where she will also teach physical education classes to undergraduates.
mother said, in her unbiased view, she thinks her daughter will
be an excellent teacher, just like her grandmother.