Linda Reimond is the Director of the Arts-Based Preschool Program, which was started in 1985. Linda was the original director and lead teacher. The program has grown from 20 students and two teacher/artists to 140 children and 9 teacher/artists, as well as visiting artists. Arts Center staff believe that art education for all individuals is imperative to the future of the arts and what better way to work for this vision than a preschool program teaching the arts—dance, drama, music, literature, storytelling, drawing, sculpture and architecture.
This special teacher, who truly enjoys her students, has a degree in elementary education and taught kindergarten for 4 years and preschool for 12 years. In 1994, she completed her master’s degree in early childhood education. Linda has presented workshops at local, state, regional and national Early Childhood Conferences. She was an instructor for the training grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Education at Washburn University. Linda is Past President of the Douglas County Association for the Young Child and currently serving on the board. In 2004, Mayor David Dunfield made a surprise to the preschool and awarded Linda the Excellence in Education Award from the City of Lawrence. Linda was recognized with the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award.