The following testimonial was shared by Foxfire Schools in selecting Lanae McInturf as a 2016 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator. 

Lanae McInturf operates in a blue collar fashion. She devotes more time and effort than any teacher I have ever worked with. She organizes and leads the intermediate team. That team comes to her for advice on teaching strategies and classroom management. Her organization skills during planning allows for seamless transitions and established routines.

Lanae communicates with parents continuously and has even helped parents set up email addresses so that emailing can be an additional way to communicate. She has organized a project-based learning project that incorporates all curriculums, allowing students to experiment with a different type of learning. She is passionate about working with at-risk youth and has adapted best practices in her classroom for working with this population.