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Retiring: Rick Tinling (Math, Computer Science)

June 13, 2021

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Courtesy of Rick Tinling

Math and computer science teacher Rick Tinling is retiring from Lincoln after 10 years.

What was your official position at Lincoln? 
Teacher of Math and Computer

How long did you work at Lincoln?
Only 10 years and I’ve been half-time the last couple.

What was your favorite part about Lincoln?
I think I had two favorite things. I was pretty lucky to teach subjects that had many inquisitive students. This made coming to school exciting and enjoyable. I also had a few colleagues in the math department who were brilliant at math and great teachers. I learned a lot!

What is your favorite memory from all of the years you worked at Lincoln?
Going to robotics tournaments and watching the students do everything. It’s remarkable what students are able to do without you telling them.

What are your plans for retirement?
Oh, I guess I’ll say what every other retiree says: travel, play golf, do stuff with my grandchildren, scuba dive as long as my body holds out and learn how to make guitars.

What will you miss most about Lincoln after you leave?
The best principal in the world and my colleagues. I will also miss the upcoming transition to the new school!

 Is there anything else you would like to add or address or are there any messages you’d like to share with the students or to Lincoln?
Not really. I just wish that every student could find something they are passionate about and then give it their all. It makes life so much more interesting and fun. Advice I give to all my graduating seniors each year:

  1. Buy low, sell high. 
  2. Eat the main course first, then dessert.
  3. Don’t get married and don’t have children.
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