I have known that language arts and I were good friends since I was four! The little desk with the alphabet imprinted along its edges sat near the Christmas tree and quickly became my favorite place to be. I memorized the alphabet that day and, curious about the sounds of letters, I left “quiet Linda” behind – and became “curious Linda,” asking questions of anyone who would answer. Soon I read everything in sight.
But the desk was just the beginning. School started, and each grade level brought more fun: parts of speech, diagrams, clauses, rules! I loved it all! I even went on to teach several children to read. I also earned the distinction of testing the highest ever in language aptitude at Ferndale High School and was assigned creative writing and extra literature instead of regular English class. I enjoyed studying three foreign languages, too.
Later, as a classroom teacher in a small Michigan school, I was instrumental in raising students’ national scores in English and math, and I coached a few state winners in music and academic competitions.
I enjoy simplifying the learning process. Carefully observing students, I can direct their understanding by asking meaningful questions. I encourage them to discover tips and tricks as we move from wherever they are to greater heights.
From those early days sitting at my desk, “teaching” my dolls, I knew that I wished for a life filled with family and music, learning and teaching. Hundreds of students over a lifetime of teaching, tutoring, writing, editing, and developing curriculum – along with my beautiful, musical family – have made my dreams come true!
Degree: summa cum laude A.A.S., A.A., A.S.
Major: small business management with a focus in writing
Special Training: sign language; classical teaching methods for math, English, and music through ABeka Publications, Michigan Association of Christian Schools, Voice of Christian Youth, and Alfred Music Publication
Specialty: creating curriculum and study guides; giving lessons in piano, voice, violin, and cello; helping students find success in learning new concepts or gaining deeper understanding of what they already know, often resulting in greater confidence and sometimes a love for academics!
Years of Experience: 30+
Hero: Mrs. Law, my 5th grade schoolteacher, for extraordinary dedication to teaching above and beyond the call of duty
High–Impact Books: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
High–Impact Lecture: “The Rest of the Story” speeches by Paul Harvey
Favorite Places I’ve Visited: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park, Mackinac Island, and road trips to anywhere or cruises in the middle of an ocean
Hobbies: reading, writing, cooking, walking in nature, playing music, playing games
Passion: education in general– both learning and teaching– especially math, English, and music
Favorite Quotation: “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” – Helen Keller