Linda Raymer is a
veteran public school educator having over thirty years experience
as a classroom teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, and
administrator. She was educated in Baytown, Texas, a small
town east of Houston. She received a BS in Elementary
Education with a minor in Reading from Stephen F. Austin University
and a MED in Educational Supervision. She became certified in
Mid-Management in the post graduate program at Lamar University. Being a lifelong
learner, she has continued to educate herself in "best practices"
and research-based pedagogies.
numerous years in grades 1-5, Linda broadened her teaching skills by
completing a 24 hour National Science Foundation Grant, with an
emphasis on Problem Solving, at the University of Houston.
Teaching math became her passion and led to her becoming a staff
developer in her district, around the state and in regional NCTM
conferences. Also included in Linda’s training portfolio are
Gifted Education Strategies, Problem-Solving, Working with At Risk
Students, Leadership for Differentiating Instruction, Team Building,
Classroom Management, and Effective Teaching Strategies.
Linda joined a
team of teachers and administrators in Baytown who were charged with
developing and implementing a district-wide Effective Teaching
Practices curriculum. As phase two of this program was being
developed, Ms. Raymer and another colleague became trainers for Fred
Jones’ Positive Classroom Discipline and Positive Classroom
Instruction, now known as
Tools for Teaching. Teachers
from all grade levels and subject specialists adopted this
management/teaching philosophy as it became a mainstay for Goose
Creek ISD. Raymer was a two-time finalist for GCCISD Teacher of the
Linda has nine
years administrative experience as a principal and assistant
principal. The three elementary schools where Linda served as
principal earned the State of Texas Exemplary rating, the highest
rating for academic performance. Linda’s philosophy of education
embraces and dovetails relationship building, responsibility
training, creativity, and meeting student needs through
differentiation, while maintaining high expectations and
accountability. Her background in developing gifted and
talented curriculum, problem-solving, literacy education, and
differentiation serves as a springboard for promoting critical and
higher level thinking for all students.
Her goal is to
assist teachers, schools, and districts in maximizing their
resources, fine tuning their skills, and creating an environment
where every child can find his or her unlimited success! Most recently she was an instructor and Cohort Coordinator in the College
of Education at the University of Texas@ Austin.
Austin, Texas, home.