Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2010 Alumni Washington Fellow
Los Angeles, CA
Bio/Overview: Linda teaches English, Healthy Lifestyles, and Peer College Leadership at the School for the Visual Arts and Humanities, a Robert F. Kennedy Community School. As a teacher in an inner-city community of Los Angeles, she has spent her career working to increase opportunities for students to succeed. In addition to teaching and learning, Linda is passionate about increasing community engagement with schools and meeting the whole needs of a child through academic, physical, and emotional supports. Linda believes that education structures can positively transform through aligning educational goals with structural supports, effective instructional methods, accurate assessments, and quality professional development.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Linda sees education as the pathway out of poverty and towards hope by building skills, knowledge, and a belief in one’s self. It is with this purpose that she became an educator and it is through it that she continues to work towards greater equity and access in education.
Achievements: Linda is Nationally Board Certified in English Language Arts, and is credentialed to teach Physical Education and Health. She has been invited to participate in many conferences and seminars with a variety of groups and institutions, including the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program in India, National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars in Pearl Harbor and the Mississippi Delta, and Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Project in Brazil.Leadership Experience: As a Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow, Linda worked to increase student voice in the Department of Education through the creation of a discussion series between youth and the Secretary of Education called Student Voices, which continues today. As a teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District, she has been a part of various new school design structures, including school transformation from a large school model into professional learning communities and new pilot schools. A mentor to beginning and pre-service teachers, Linda worked with new teachers to facilitate their development of curricular strategies, engagement, assessment, and what it means to be an effective English teacher in an inner-city school.
Affiliations: UCLA; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Teacher Leaders Network
Education: Linda received dual Bachelor of the Arts degrees in World Literature and Human Development from the University of California, San Diego. She went on to earn a Master’s in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and later returned to UCLA to earn an additional Master’s from the Principal’s Leadership Institute.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Urban education
- Teacher training and development
- Community engagement in schools
- Meeting the whole needs of the child through academic, physical, and emotional supports