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Subjects Taught
Health, Physical Education 1, Physical Education 2, Physical Education 3

Education

Claflin University                                    B.S. Physical Education                                  

South Carolina State University          M.Ed Special Education                                 

Charleston Southern University          M.Ed Educational Leadership                      

                                                                        Elementary

Charleston Southern University          M.Ed Educational Leadership                      

                                                                        Secondary



Experience

Leadership Experiences

·         Teacher of the Year (Jenkins Hill Elementary, H-R Elementary, Clay Hill Middle,

                  Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School)

·         T.A.P. Systems Mentor Teacher

·         State Trained (CERRA) Teacher Mentor

·         Superintendent’s Advisory Council

·         Intern Principal / Intern Assistant Principal

·         Administrative Assistant

·         Summer School (Administrator)

·         Special Area Department Chairman

·         After School Tutorial Program (Administrator)

·         New Hire Interview, Evaluation, and Selection Committee

·         SACS Review Preparation Team (Co- Chairman)

·         Trained ADEPT Observer

·         S.C. Nutrition and Wellness Symposium (Presenter)

·         S.C. School Safety Plan and Emergency Training (District Representative)

·         School Improvement Council (Community Recreation Chairman)

·         PACT / PASS Preparation Committee

·         Textbook Adoption Committee (Coordinator)

·         President /Commissioner Summerville SERTOMA Club & Youth Football League

·         Varsity Football and Basketball Coach

·         Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Project Alpha Mentor)

·         National Education Association (NEA)

·         South Carolina Education Association (SCEA)

·         Educational Leadership (ASCD)

 



Bio

Professional Biography

One of the greatest factors that have influenced my educational development has been my Father.  I consider myself blessed to have a father that has consistently been a shining example of what it means to be an outstanding man, a devout Christian, a devoted husband, a loving father, and an outstanding educator. My father (Calvin E. Linning Sr.) has always been my biggest supporter, advisor, and mentor in my educational journey.  As a now Retired Educator, with 36 years of service, my father has been an invaluable resource in providing words of wisdom and being the voice of experienced knowledge that has aided me while allowing me to forge my own path and develop my own philosophy of life and education. As I reflect on the start of my journey in Education, I remember my father telling me “You don’t choose Teaching – Teaching chooses You! Teaching is a Calling from God! You simply have to step out on Faith and Answer the Call!!”  I took heed to his words of wisdom and answered the call! I had faith and fully accepted the responsibility of teaching and embraced the commitment of impacting the lives of others.   

I can recall being a young man, of about eight or nine years old, and walking through the graveyard with my father after the funeral and burial services of a family member.  As we walked, my Dad would stop and point out the tombstones of some of our deceased family members and share with me their significance in the building and strength of the family and the role and impact they played within the community.   As we neared the graveyard exit, he stopped at one last tombstone and posed a question to me. “What is the most important part of a tombstone?”  I thought for a minute and then proceeded to explain my rational for selecting “The Name” on the tombstone as its most important part.   My father listened attentively to my explanation and lauded the logic of my answer. He then offered an alternative answer and perspective that has served as a foundation and guide for both my educational philosophy and my life.  My Dad said “The most important part of a tombstone is the hyphen that comes between the birthdate and the date of death.”  He explained that the hyphen represents the life and lifestyle that the person displayed. It is how they will be remembered and it is the impact they have had on others.  It is, in essence, their legacy. He used Methuselah to illustrate his point. “Methuselah, an Old Testament character from the Bible, is reportedly the human that has had the longest lifespan in history, living to be 969 years old. Yet very little is written or remembered about the life he lived or how he impacted others during that time span. His legacy is simply that he lived 969 years. “Son, Make sure to live your life in a positive way so that your legacy will outlast your tombstone.” With one simple question, he had imparted to me a vital life lesson that has shaped me into the man and educator that I am today.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see or meet someone who asks how my father is doing and expresses how much he influenced, changed, or even saved their life. I often reflect upon the heart-felt gratitude and appreciation that so many of my father’s former students display and think of the overwhelming legacy that my father has created.  I am filled with an enormous sense of pride and pray that I can someday create that type of enduring Legacy for myself.

I began my educational quest determined to fully understand and build a positive legacy of my own. I decided to Begin with the end in mind, and asked myself several fundamental questions. “What is the importance of a legacy?”   And “What are the important aspects that I need to employ in order to create a positive and impactful legacy?”

Once I began to really delve into the importance of establishing positive legacy, I realized that my Legacy will be determined by the impact of my life actions, and my life actions are the building blocks of my legacy.  It is my life actions that will define who I am as a man and how others will be affected by my actions.  It reaffirmed to me that my actions could not be selfish or vain.  In fact, they had to be selfless and self-sacrificing. The building blocks of my life actions and my Legacy are of vital importance because they must become the stepping stones that others use to ascend to higher levels in their own life. In short, my legacy will be based on the assistance and impact that my life actions plays in the success of those I come in contact with.  

 I then began to contemplate exactly what attributes I needed to put in place in order to formulate a legacy that will be both impactful to others, and be what I would want to be remembered by. After careful consideration, contemplation, and reflection, I was able to confirm several key attributes that would allow me to build my legacy through impacting others.  Those attributes are Faith, Hope, Purpose, Character, Work Ethic, and Love! Each of these attributes plays a key role in a person’s overall development and in their success. Therefore; it would be these attributes that would become the foundation that my legacy will be built upon. 

FAITH – My father would often say “If you have Faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains!” I realized early in my educational calling that In order for my students to scale their own mountains and reach the peaks of success, they must have faith.  In order for any of us to have success, at in any level or venture, we must begin by acknowledging and understanding our Faith.  Faith is a strong belief or trust in someone or something. It is critical for my students and those that I come in contact with to understand the fundamental realities of human experience, which is that each of us has Faith. We all have faith and believe in something. It may be in a divine being, money, power, or fame that we place our faith in, but we must identify what that thing is and understand that that thing becomes the motivating force of our ambitions, behaviors, and attitudes.The ambitions of our faith are what drive us to make the decisions and choices that shape our lives.  By assisting those I come in contact with, to aligning their faith ambitions to positive and properly directed actions, we greatly increase their opportunities and frequencies for success. My Faith is rooted in Jesus Christ because he loved and saved me when I didn’t deserve to be saved or loved.  I do not impose my on others, but I want them to understand that at some point in life everyone has to make some kind of decision about their faith, what they believe, and what is motivating them and their actions.  

HOPE - Faith is often explained as “The substance of things HOPED for and the evidence of things not seen.” Once a person understands where their faith lies, they can use their faith to begin to cultivate Hope in their life. So metaphorically, hope is the vine that blossoms from the seed of faith.   Hope is never a static or passive thing. It is a dynamic, active, directive, and a life sustaining mental attitude.  Hope is that optimistic attitude that fosters an expectation of positive outcomes that are related to the events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. My father would often encourage me, as I experienced troubling or frustrating situations, by simply smiling and saying “keep hope alive!” This positive expectation, that something greater was about to transpire from my situation, was the reassuring confirmation of my faith that allowed me the confidence to stand fast.  I have a strong desire and pressing need to impart to my students the ability to   cherish their desires, with the anticipation and expectation of obtaining that desire, by using their faith to develop Hope.  The Hope they will need in order to be anchored and able to withstand the storms they experience in their life, while fully expecting great things to happen in their life.     

Purpose:  A crucial component of success is in understanding that each and every one of us has a specific Purpose in life. I believe that we greatly impact our students when we promote their discovery in finding their purpose and we fulfill our purpose, by helping others to discover theirs. Our purpose begins with the self-awareness that we all have value and worth.   This sense of Purpose, through our value and worth, allows us to relish our uniqueness and embrace the potential for greatness that is in each of us.  It is our Purpose that prompts us to set goals for ourselves, and that fuels us to attain those goals. Our dreams are also derived from having a sense of Purpose. Our dreams are a visionary creation of our imagination that is comprised of strongly desired goals that creates the anticipation and expectation of fulfilling our purpose.  I want to be a catalyst for the students that expose them to their greatness by aiding them in discovering their purpose.

 

Character:  Character is the complex mental, moral, and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person. The attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual

Work Ethic: a belief in work as a moral good. A vital component of work ethic is Persistence. Persistence is the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people.

Love: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another, arising out of kinship or personal ties “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

“What is the measure of a man?”

The true measure of a man is the legacy he leaves and how he has impacted others.