Linda Brinsfield

     Linda “When I grow up I want to be a teacher!”Those were the first words of a story I wrote about myself when I was a 2nd grade student.Here I am, many years later, and I am still passionate about teaching.I love when my students have those aha moments, when suddenly everything makes sense to them. I especially love those times when one of my students feels proud, flashes a smile, and beams with confidence…I usually end up teary eyed.

    I try to make classroom lessons meaningful.I’m always searching for ways to connect the things we’re learning in the classroom to the real world.I get really excited when I have something new and interesting to share with my students. My favorite lessons to teach are those that include a hands-on activity.

    I have a B.S. degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as well as a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and LDS (Language Development Specialist) certificate.I taught elementary school (2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade) full time for 10 years before life got in the way, and I took a break from teaching.

    When my youngest child started kindergarten, I re-entered the teaching world (which I missed terribly).Since 2008, I have been a substitute and part time teacher at Orion School.I’m thrilled to be part of the Kindergarten teaching team with Nina.In the past I have popped up in other places on campus as well.I’ve been a guest teacher in every classroom at Orion, and even spent some time as Orion’s P.E. teacher. Have you heard of the Where’s Waldo books? Well, that’s the story of my life at Orion School…Where’s Linda?

    I live with my husband, three children and two cats in a house my father built (I was even born in it). Besides teaching, I enjoy hiking, reading the local newspapers, baking birthday cakes, doing creative projects, and spending time with my family and friends.