MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Sending your child off to school for the first time can be a nerve wracking, stressful experience for any parent.
For a parent of twins, it's doubly so.
For one local mom though, two dedicated teachers made all the difference, turning a milestone that could have been scary into something extra special.
As twins, Kynlee and Mikayla Lamb have shared nearly every moment of their lives together: playing, laughing and learning along the way. Mom Lindsey Lamb describes them as "super close" and "inseparable."
When the first day of Kindergarten rolled around, Lindsey started getting nervous. How would her girls handle having separate teachers? How would they deal with being apart all day?
"As a mom, not only were they being separated, they were being separated from me as well," Lamb said, describing her thoughts at the time.
Those fears though, were quickly put to rest and Lindsey credits two very special teachers at Madison County's Riverton Elementary school for putting her mind at ease.
As a thank you, Lindsey nominated both Lisa Goodwin and Katy Souder for a Tools for Teachers award. Each of them teaches one of the Lamb girls, and WHNT News 19 felt both deserved a full $319 in prize money for their classrooms.
So, in a first ever "double" award, we popped in to surprise the educators. When we showed up, students were outside, in the middle of a Career Day presentation with Huntsville Utilities. The Lamb girls looked on excitedly as WHNT News 19 asked the crowd of students to point out both Goodwin and Souder.
After we called them up to the front of the crowd, the two teachers stood flabbergasted. Each was quick to say "Thank you!" as we handed over their prize money.
Kynlee and Mikayla soon joined in, racing up to give their beloved teachers a double hug.
While the girls have a lot of similarities, both their mom and their teachers note they also have differences. "Kynlee is a little more anxious about things, so Ms. Souder has been the perfect fit for her," Lindsey explained.
Mikayla, on the other hand, is more outgoing, "She's my wild child!" Lindsey laughed.
The girls' teachers tell WHNT News 19 they've tried hard to respect each girl's personality; encouraging them to be confident on their own terms. As Souder explained, reading and writing are not the only important goals in her classroom.
"Equally important for these students is teaching them independence and self confidence and how to work through struggles," Sounder said, "I think both of [the Lamb girls] are going to be very well set up for that in the future."
Goodwin was quick to praise the Lamb girls' parents for laying a firm groundwork as well. "Their parents have done an awesome job raising both of them," Goodwin said.
Lindsey feels confident now about her girls succeeding in school. She knows they may not be in classes right next door to one another but, thanks to a little extra "mommy love" from two dedicated teachers, Kynlee and Mikayla have conquered their first big adventure, apart.