My maternal grandmother was illiterate. Seeing her illiterate condition inspired me to want to help people learn to read and write. Most of my volunteer work has been in literacy programs. Professionally, I taught elementary and high school students in a private Christian school for six years. After teaching in classrooms, I transitioned to teaching in the living rooms of preschool families, performing over 1,000 home visits as a parent educator in St. Louis, Missouri. I have a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a year and a half of law school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
In 2007, I began writing a children’s book based on the photographs my husband had taken of our two children while they were growing up. Encouraged by the late children’s book author Patricia McKissack to continue with the project, I completed How Are You Today? A Celebration of Children's Emotions. This book has given me a springboard to speak to audiences about the importance of literacy.
Please contact me for opportunities to speak to your class or group about literacy.
Linda M. Mitchell