Linda’s educational path began when she did her student teaching in Greece, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Miami University. She began her education career teaching 1st and 3rd grades in Shelby, Ohio her hometown and taught in the same school she attended as a child. She then taught at The Ohio State University while getting her master’s degree in Early and Middle Childhood Development after which she taught gifted students in the Shelby School District. Linda began her career at Olentangy during the 1987-88 school year teaching in a pole barn when the entire district attended the school on Shanahan Road. Over the next 20 years Linda progressed through the Olentangy School system as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum director. She opened Arrowhead Elementary as principal during the expansion years.
Linda was passionate about education and everything she did was for the children. The “kids” were the things she missed most when she became a principal, but she always kept in contact with students by walking the halls and visiting the classrooms. It was a common sight to see students run up to her and give her hugs in the hallways. Linda had a special gift for turning bad situations into good ones dealing with the children, faculty, or parents.
Linda would not want any attention brought to herself, but this Scholarship was established to pass on her passion for education and in a small way help others achieve their goals of continuing their education.
* Must be a graduating senior from an Olentangy Local School District high school
* Must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher on a 4 point scale or its equivalent;
* Must be enrolling full-time in an accredited institution for a 4-year degree;
* Preference to students who plan to pursue Education.