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Mr. Sam Lyons
Sam credits his father - a B-24 pilot during WW II - with sparking his early interest in aviation. He credits his mother for putting aside her concerns when he went for his private pilot-glider license while in college. Luckily he graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in biology, and then went on to serve two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. His main duty was escorting hazardous materials with the Chemical Corps (another reason for his mother to worry). After his Army stint, Sam began teaching at his alma mater, Woodward Academy(his 1971 faculty picture – high school Science teacher).
From 2002 until March 2010, Sam lived and worked out of his home in Woodstock, Georgia. It was located on a grass airstrip called Air Acres. Although he doesn't live on an airstrip anymore, he enjoys an equally beautiful view from his home in Lakeland, Florida, that he shares with his wife Mindy and their three cats.
Mr. Lyons reconnected with a former student, Mrs. Lin Carter. After learning that Lin teaches elementary gifted in Bibb County, he and his wife donated a signed and numbered print to Sonny Carter Elementary.
The print they chose to donate is called “Checking the Mail.” The name of this print has a double meaning! The PT-17 Stearman pilot circles to check his mailbox while the man leaning against the truck is checking his voicemail. In addition, aWaco sits on the grass field.
The students at Sonny Carter Elementary are so excited to receive their print from Mr. Lyons.
The REACH students are especially thankful for his generosity! His art has inspired them and provides another artistic avenue for them to explore!
2012-2013 REACH students at Sonny Carter Elementary with their teacher, Mrs. Lin Carter