Lynda is a native of Williamsburg and a proud graduate of Lafayette High School. Lynda has been married to Vaughn Poller for 26 years and they are the proud parents of four children, Brandon (23), Kayla (19) and Eli and Olivia (15). She is a member of Faith to Faith – Abundant Life Ministries and serves as an Elder under the leadership of Marlon K. Spratley. Lynda has served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, WRL Board of Trustees, and as a diversity facilitator with All Together.
She has served as an educator for 28 years and currently serves in Charles City County Public Schools’ as the Director of Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Professional Learning. Lynda is a graduate of The George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Program where she studied and earned a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning. She also holds an Ed.S. from George Washington in Administration and Supervision as well as a master’s degree from Regent University in Teaching: Curriculum and Instruction. Her educational journey began at Hampton University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education N/K-8.
Lynda is dancing in honor of her father, Rev. William Byrd Jr. who was an active student in the Literacy for Life (then Rita Welsh Program) until he passed away in December 2003. Rev. Byrd was the Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Ironbound Road and served his community all of his life. While he passed away before he earned his GED, Lynda and her siblings Randy Byrd and Patricia Byrd-Pritchett are proud of his efforts and respect his desire to continue to grow and improve his skills. Be your best and give your best – everyday; a life lesson from their father that continues to resonates with them. “His determination inspires us to this day.”
Until Lynda is able to “dance with her father again”, she is humbled to dance for her father in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center.
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