Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2010 Alumni Washington Fellow
Los Angeles, CA
Bio/Overview: Linda teaches high school English in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow, Linda’s favorite project was 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. She strives to teach relevant, engaging classes that emphasize real-world learning through blurring the lines between student lives, the classroom and the community.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Linda is passionate about expanding student opportunities in life by building skills, knowledge and a belief in 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. She believes education structures can positively transform through systemically aligning educational goals with structural supports, instructional methods, aligned assessments, and quality professional development.
Achievements: Linda is Nationally Board Certified in English Language Arts, and is also credentialed to teach Physical Education and Health. She has been awarded the opportunity to participate in various national and international seminars, including the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program in India and the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Project in Brazil.
Leadership Experience: As an educator, she has been involved in various new school design structures, including the transformation from a large school model into professional learning communities and new pilot schools. She has served on school instructional leadership teams, designed and led professional development courses, chaired faculty committees, coordinated school-wide initiatives and mentored beginning and pre-service teachers.
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 for an additional Master’s from the Principal’s Leadership Institute.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Equity and access
- School and community engagement
- Teacher training and development
- Healthy school communities
- Meeting whole-child needs through academic, physical, and emotional supports