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Linda Ansick

Name: Linda Ansick

School: Julia Randall Elementary, second grade

Degree: I graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University in the spring of 2003 with a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and a content emphasis in technology. I received my master’s, with distinction, from NAU in educational technology in the spring of 2006. I continue with further graduate studies at NAU.

Years teaching: This is my first year of teaching second grade after five years of teaching kindergarten at JRE.

Although I have only been teaching for six years, I have been involved in education for more than 20 years. I was a computer lab tech at Prescott Unified School District before becoming a research assistant for both Prescott Unified and Chino Valley School Districts for their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) grants programs. I was also employed by Youth Count, a nonprofit organization in Yavapai County, as their research assistant for their many grants programs, and worked with their partners including Yavapai College, Yavapai County Juvenile Justice Court and Health Department, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley Police Departments and many other agencies and programs. During this time, I also served as secretary for the North Central Math and Science Consortium which served 27 school districts in Arizona.

Why do I teach? I know it’s a cliché to say “I was born to teach,” but by the time I was 8 years old, I had taught my 3-year-old nephew how to read. As a young mother I volunteered in my child’s classroom. During that time I was taking computer programming courses and planning on becoming a systems analyst. I ended up volunteering at the schools for seven years. My sister taught for 34 years and my brother was a middle school principal in Wyoming.

Personal motto / words of wisdom: Do the right thing. Trust in God to take care of the rest.

Family: My husband, John, is the former owner of the Swiss Village Bakery and currently works for LaForge Towing. John was getting ready to move back to Prescott when he stopped at Saint Michael’s Coffee Shop in Prescott where I was having coffee with my daughter.

It was a crisp fall day and the windows were steamed up from all of the humidity in the busy restaurant.

I made a comment to him that you couldn’t see out the windows and he scooted over to my table “to hear” what I said. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Between the two of us, we have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Pet peeve: People driving fast through elk country at night!

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Vacationing at national parks, playing with my granddaughter, going on long drives to the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park in Southern Utah and other beautiful drives.

Person in history you would most like to meet: I’d like to meet Albert Einstein.

Why Payson? It’s small-town living in the center of the state in the beautiful Rim Country. It’s near some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and Scottsdale shopping is only a short drive away. It’s also near my hometown and family (Prescott).

My favorite teacher in school: I had many fine elementary teachers but my all-time favorite teacher was a college teacher, Jeff Hogue, a former biology professor at Yavapai College. He thought he was teaching me plant biology, but he was teaching me how to teach. I never had so much fun working so hard in my life!

My favorite subject in school: I loved writing and illustrating stories and still do!

My favorite year in school: When I was in the third-grade, I talked my teacher into letting the class put on a play of “The Night Before Christmas.”

I had just read the story for the first time and loved it. The teacher let us create and decorate our own costumes. We performed the play for our parents and grade level and it was so much fun.


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