FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- An instructor from the Soldier Support Institute was among the individuals recognized last week during the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command 2012 Instructor of the Year ceremony.

Lindsey said her students are finance captains and senior lieutenants taking part in the Finance Management Captain Career Course, designed to be graduate level education for the finance company grade officer.

"I love numbers," she said. "At the instructor level, I like teaching people to manage the Army budget and how to pay Soldiers correctly."

A native of Panama City, Fla., Lindsey has been in the Army for 21 years, enlisting out of high school in the Adjutant General Corps of the Army Reserves.

"Shortly after, I transferred to active duty, where I was a combat medic," she said. "I did that for about nine years before I switched over and became an officer. I knew what it was like to be an enlisted member, and I wanted to see what it would be like to be an officer. It was a big challenge. How could I better myself and the Army as a member of the officer corps?"

Last year, Lindsey earned SSI Instructor of the Quarter and Instructor of the Year titles in the officer category. "The award means a lot," she said. "It means I'm doing very well at my job, that I'm doing the right thing for the Army. I'm training the officers to go out and do the right thing in the field, something that's going to assist the Army in managing its budget."

Lindsey said her career in the Army will be ending soon.

"I'm going to retire one year from now," she said. "I'd like to explore elementary education, or maybe go back and work in the Army and teach for them."