2019 Educators Who Make a Difference: Carolyn Lenhardt
Carolyn Lenhardt continues to make a profound impact on students, just as she has for generations.
Lenhardt is Dean of Students at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Greenville. She began working at the school in 1970, after four years in the public school system. As the school added grades, she moved up with the students, teaching grades 1 – 5. Now, she works part-time but still enjoys tutoring students who need extra help.
“That’s the only job I ever wanted – to be a teacher,” she said. “God granted my prayers to work with children. It’s the satisfaction of seeing them accomplish, to help them see they can achieve their long-range goals.
“During my career, I taught the parent and then I taught the children. They come back and say, ‘Thank you.’ They come by the school and hug and thank me.”
Lenhardt never had children, but she said teaching generations of students has made for a full and rewarding career.
“All these children I’ve taught are mine,” she said. “If you are just teaching for the money, that’s a waste of time. It’s a calling. I prayed for mine and God granted it to me.”
Though her peers might be enjoying retirement, Lenhardt said her calling hasn’t changed.
“I’m still here and I love it,” she said. “He’s allowed me to still work with children.”