Leading & Learning Consultant - Retired
Prairie Lakes AEA
Linda Linn’s first job as a school counselor came 30 years ago for the Northeast Hamilton School District where she was in charge of middle and high school students. A few years later she would begin a position as a Pre K-6 grade counselor with Spencer Community Schools, a position she would hold until joining the Prairie Lakes AEA in the summer of 1998. Linda’s resume lists 17 unique responsibilities, including school counseling, gifted & talented, at risk, homeless, career and technical education, and a trainer for Olweus bully prevention.
As active as Linda was in her duties with Prairie Lakes and her school counseling positions,, she found time to be active in numerous outreach and advocacy groups and committees including serving as the President of the Iowa School Counselor Association in 2007-2008. Linda was a key collaborator in getting school counseling written back into the Iowa Code. Shortly thereafter, Linda became a member of the Iowa Task Force for the Iowa Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Guide and trainer for the statewide School Counselor Academies, of which she was instrumental in creating. Through this statewide professional development, Linda helped bring Trish Hatch, national school counseling consultant to Iowa to share her expertise. Ms. Hatch wrote a letter of recommendation for Linda to receive this award and described her as “lead[ing] with humility and patience” and as “kind, skillful and thoughtful in her contributions. Linda also participated as a delegate from the Midwest Region in the White House Reach Higher Initiative. Although retired, Linda continues to serve as a Go Alliance Modules facilitator for Iowa College Aid Commission.
It is clear that Linda dedication and advocacy for school counseling has had an impact not only in her AEA region, but for the entire state of Iowa. Susen Schirmer of the Heartland AEA described Linda in her nomination as:
“a mentor and role model for me and countless school counselors across the state because of her leadership and advocacy for school counselors, students, and families. She doesn’t do something because it is easy; she chooses her actions based on a strong set of values and beliefs. Linda is a women of character.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have worked tirelessly to promote the profession and advocate for Iowa’s school counselors: Linda Linn has done exactly that!