Linda is a National Board Certified and Orton-Gillingham trained educator with over 15 years of experience with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Charlotte, NC). Linda is passionate about the mission of LRC because of her own story. Even with a Master's degree in Reading and certified as a Reading Specialist, she started teaching without the knowledge of the Science of Reading. Knowing what she knows now, she would have served her students differently and is passionate about helping teachers access the knowledge they need to best serve their students. In a society that expects teachers to be perfect, educators often carry shame for what they didn't learn. It is by working within a safe and supportive environment that teachers can feel empowered to implement new practices. This is what we do at LRC - work to develop a judgment free zone to connect research to practice.