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Alumni Days at Shakespeare, June 2014.

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Linda Erikson Kay

Linda Kay (’72 Education) spent thirty years teaching first grade with a love for education that began at Southern Utah University.

Reading has always been Linda’s favorite aspect of teaching first grade children and one of her greatest accomplishments. She and a good friend introduced “Alphabet Town” to first graders where they taught them the alphabet sounds and rules through songs and role playing.

Linda doesn’t think she would have been as successful in her career in the education field without the training she received while attending SUU. When she was choosing a college to attend, she chose SUU because its education department was ranked as one of the best in the state.

She remembers fondly taking classes from Gwen Clark, Kent Meyers and Bonnie Bishop. These professors were dedicated to their students and instilled in Linda the love of teaching. They also prepared her with the teaching tools she would need to take into the classroom.

Linda Kay and her 1938 Desoto

One of Linda’s favorite memories of her time at SUU was pledging Pi Rho Omega sorority. She said, “There never was a dull moment living with 12 roommates in the sorority house, especially when I was the house mother.” She was a member of Little Sister’s organization/Athenians. Later she was the president of the Athenians.

Linda retired in 2004 after teaching for thirty years in Washington and Piute counties. She and her husband Ken love to travel, are members of the Rods and Rebels car club and enjoy taking their 1938 Desoto to car shows.

Linda enjoys being a wife, mother, and grandma to her four children, four-step children and 18 grandchildren.

The Kays reside in St. George, Utah.

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