A One-Room School To The Athletic Field / U.Va. Alumna Watches Granddaughter
May 7, 2003 --
After graduating from U.Va.’s education school
in 1933, Nancy Apperson (now Liady) began her teaching career in
a one-room schoolhouse near Batesville with 54 children ranging
from first- to seventh-graders.
this year’s Final Exercises, she’ll watch granddaughter
Stephanie Lynch walk down the Lawn to receive a Curry School degree.
But Lynch, who concentrated on athletic training and is graduating
in three years, is not exactly following in her grandmother’s
just glad I’ll be able to watch her graduate,” 90-year-old
Liady said of Lynch, who is one of her six grandchildren.
their different paths in life, Lynch says her grandmother influenced
her by example. So did her mother, Anne Liady Lynch, who attended
Mary Washington College because U.Va. wasn’t fully coeducational
when she entered college. From her mother and grandmother, Stephanie
said, she learned to believe in herself and that she could do whatever
she set out to do.
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 ACC 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.
only the Curry School’s reputation but also fond memories
of visiting her grandmother in the Charlottesville area brought
Stephanie Lynch across the country from Arizona, where she grew
up. 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. With the school having only one certified athletic trainer
for all the sports 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 School’s kinesiology program, Lynch has worked with
lacrosse players and swimmers, and even the football team. She doesn’t
know yet which athletic teams she’ll 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.”
Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857