Race to Read: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents
Linda at Machu Picchu

Linda has traveled to 33 countries on
four continents

About Linda

35 years of passionate teaching experience

Experience and Education

1977 B.A. Ed. Central Washington University
1977 Peace Corps Ecuador, South America
1987 M. Ed. University of Alabama
1981 LD Credential University of Indiana
1992 Teacher Consultant NGS Summer Institute
1991 Ed. Admin. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1977-1993 Elementary School Teacher
1994-2008 Elementary School Administrator
2010 Co-Authored Race to Read, A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents
2011 Wrote and published Usted Tiene El Poder
2011 Founded the Sight Word Buster School Volunteer Program
2012-present

Race to Read, LLC, owner
Author, speaker, education consultant, founder and coordinator of the Sight Word Buster Volunteer Program, Race to Read Video Library Producer


I was born in Indiana and feel a deep alliance with my Midwestern roots. The majority of my family and relatives still reside in and around Warsaw, IN and I visit as often as I can. I finished high school in Gig Harbor, Washington and completed my undergraduate degree at Central Washington University with a major in Special Education and minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Upon college graduation, I immediately joined the Peace Corps and headed to South America to serve the special needs children of Ecuador. During that decade of my life I started my family, became biliterate in Spanish, taught in an international school, earned a Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in elementary curriculum and developed a deep understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Quito sets on the equator at 10,000 feet above sea level which gives it an ideal climate. So when considering where to relocate upon returning home, I couldn't bear the thought of the muggy summers or frigid cold winters of the Midwest nor the rain in the Northwest, so I chose the sunny days, bright lights, great entertainment, and the fabulous Clark County School District of Las Vegas for our new residence.

My eleventh year of teaching took me to John S. Park Elementary School where I later became the assistant principal and then the principal to an incredibly dedicated community of learners. It was at John S. Park where I first went out on a limb offering parents a choice to have their children study in a dual language classroom. This new model immediately reduced the rivalry between the diversity of students on the playground and it increased language proficiency in two languages for both Spanish and English speakers.  It was a win/win situation.

In the fall of 2000 I became the principal of Estes McDoniel Elementary School in Henderson, still part of the Clark County School District. Already an award winning school due to academic status and a sophisticated marine lab, we received the opportunity to further prepare our students for a competitive job market by offering a Spanish immersion program along with an integrated global studies curriculum.

In my 35 years of education, being a part of that transitional journey was the most extraordinary example of teamwork I have ever witnessed. The dedication, open-mindedness, and extra hard work that was required and given by the entire community in order to become Estes McDoniel Elementary-An International School was phenomenal. One should be so lucky as to walk the halls of this incredible little schoolhouse on any given day, and especially during its annual Walkabout Night when visitors can experience a multitude of cultures on six different continents without leaving the building.

Working with the staff, families, and students at McDoniel is where I learned the components of exceptional teaching. Here the famous adage “It takes a village to raise a child,” is demonstrated to its fullest on a daily basis. I have longed for the opportunity to pen the particulars of this magical place in hopes that other administrators might glean ideas to integrate into their own buildings. As a matter of fact, the first chapter of The Best Little Schoolhouse in Vegas is already sitting in a file on my desktop.

In 2008, after twenty years of big city life I moved to the charming town of Auburn in northern  California where I teach private lessons, substitute teach in the local schools, host summer camps, volunteer for my favorite organizations and write. Although my precious son Fernando continues to teach in Henderson, my mother lives here at Casa Robles with my husband Jim, and me. We share our small property with three spoiled hens, a family of pesky Western gray squirrels, Mr. and Mrs. Nuttall, the Red-Shouldered Hawk and numerous other wild feathered friends. We also spend hours attending to our eight raised garden beds and small fruit orchard.

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to coordinate a number of bilingual and bicultural educational activities involving elementary school students and their parents and teachers. I have organized and hosted intensive Spanish summer camps and organized and led Spanish immersion excursions to Costa Rica, Guatemala and the Amazon Jungle in Peru.

I have been blessed one million times over with an incredible family, lifelong friendships, a fulfilling profession, a love for nature and yes, a love for fishing.  I am absolutely thrilled to have finally completed my first parent guidebook co-authored with Stacie Farin. I genuinely believe this book will help turn around struggling readers should parents follow its recommendations. I am also excited about our new volunteer group called Sight Word Busters. It consists of local volunteers helping local students become strong and successful readers.

Thank you for visiting my site. Please feel free to contact me via Email if I can be of assistance in any way.

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Guidebook
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News and Events

2016 Training Dates:

August 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
8/10 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
8/10  Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
8/11 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
8/11  Thurs. 9:30 a.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
8/17 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA8/17 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
8/18 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA8/18 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.


September 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
9/14 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
9/14 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
9/15 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
9/15 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.


October 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
10/12 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
10/12 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
10/13 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
10/13 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.


November 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
11/9 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
11/9 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
11/10 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
11/10 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.

                               

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In the News:

August 18, 2015
Auburn Journal:

Sharing the Language of Learning
Community program at local schools gives students a head start in reading comprehension.
See the article

Placer Community Foundation November newsletter: Helping Children Bust through Books One Word at a Time
See the article

November 30, 2014
Auburn Journal:
Another View: Busting down literacy hurdles

By: John Bowman / Guest Columnist
See the article

August 22, 2014
Auburn Journal:

Volunteers sought for kids reading program:
Sight Word Busters to hold trainings at local schools
See the article

June 27, 2014
Auburn Journal:
Sight Word Busters volunteers celebrate students’ reading success
See the article

August, 2013
Rock Creek Elementary School shows 10% growth in STAR Language Arts. Superintendent mentions Sight Word Buster Program as one of the contributing factors.
See the article

Aggie Roberts Elementary School in Henderson, NV purchases Race to Read, A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents for all incoming kindergarten families.

Linda completes intensive Spanish course at LTCC, Level: High Superior.


Archive of past events...

For more info call Linda at (530) 887-8335