Shirley A. Lyster

Ms. Lyster taught English at CHS/CNHS for 52.5 years, including a 31-year stint as department chair. Under her outstanding leadership, a syllabus-based curriculum was developed, the school writing center and peer-tutoring program were created and curricula for over 50 courses were written.

The influence Ms. Lyster had on her students is evident as several of them graduated and then pursued careers in English and teaching. In 1982, Ms. Lyster received the Hoosier Teacher of English Award and was the first recipient of the Edna Folger Award, 1983. Then in 1994, Ms. Lyster was honored with the BCSC Hall of Fame Award.