Posting Date: March 26, 2012
Meet Linda Schaedle: A mother and an art teacher
By Kendrick Gaston
Linda is not your traditional student. She is an art education major with a daughter studying biology at Kennesaw State. Her uncle was a professional illustrator and her grandfather an artist. Following the family tradition, Linda studied graphic art in college and worked in the art department of a small newspaper company before leaving the workforce to raise her children.
Five years ago, Linda moved to Kennesaw after her husband’s job brought the family to Georgia. Suddenly, Linda found herself with more free time to pursue her love of art. Linda says she heard a lot of good things about KSU but was afraid to return to school after so many years. Finally, she took a chance and met with Diana Gregory, associate professor of art education, who suggested Linda take a core art course. Linda loved the course and decided to submit her portfolio for acceptance into the visual arts program.
Since becoming an art education major Linda has experienced different areas of art and discovered a talent for sculpture and 3D art. As a student teacher she has combined her love for children with art. Linda says, “I love working with children. I try to incorporate my art with the lessons they learn in their other classes.”
Linda enjoys the support she receives at KSU and feels the instructors are in her corner and really want her to succeed. Gregory is one of her favorite professors and has mentored her through the program. “The program is very well laid out and prepares you for each step. There are a lot of nontraditional students at KSU so I feel comfortable.”
Gregory describes Linda as “a dedicated professional who shows leadership and a willingness to help her fellow students. She is a true leader and has a passion for education.”
After graduation, Linda plans to find a job teaching art in middle school. Her advice to other nontraditional students is, “If you are thinking about returning to school jump in and don’t be afraid.”