2020 retirees – Lynn McMahon (#2 of 7)



Written by: Sadie Besch

As the 2019-2020 school year turns to its second half, Lynn McMahon is one of seven Algona Community School teachers to be retiring at the end of this year. McMahon has always known she wanted to be a teacher. As a young girl, she loved playing “teacher” with her friends. 

Right out of UNI, with a major of Vocational Home Economics Education and a minor in coaching, McMahon started teaching family and consumer science at West Delaware in 1981. She taught there for nine years. Then she moved to Algona with her husband, Jim McMahon, in 1990 and continued teaching in the same field at Bishop Garrigan. After BGHS, she came to Algona Middle School in 2001 to teach at-risk students for ten years, then 7th grade language and 8th grade reading for two years before coming to the high school to go back to teaching family and consumer science. She has been in Algona for 19 years, with a total of 39 years in education. 

A lot has changed in teaching over the years. When McMahon first started teaching, landlines were still the main source of phone communication. Now, in 2020, she would have never thought cell phones would become this huge. “It’s just something we all never thought everyone would have in their hands and have been this big of a conflict with high schoolers,” McMahon stated. One of her favorite memories of teaching in the Algona schools is the staff of O.B. Laing and all of the sporting events to look forward to every year and every season. Her favorite class to teach was called Money Matters. However, when it was made a mandatory class, the social studies department took it over and now Mr. King teaches it as Personal Finance. 

Lynn McMahon will be missed very much as a teacher in the high school and surely is one of the best. She is looking forward to committing more free time to her hobbies. Thank you, Mrs. McMahon!