Family and Friends of Kelly Linderman

Family and Friends of Kelly Linderman

Highline Academy Charter Schools and the family and friends of Kelly Linderman are proud to announce the Highline Future Teachers Kelly Linderman Scholarship. This Scholarship honors Kelly Linderman by assisting those seeking a teaching/education career. It is our hope that the recipient, like Kelly, will embrace and honor diversity and be devoted to the education of those students with the greatest need.

Kelly Linderman steadfastly believed that education is the great equalizer in life. Kelly began her teaching career in 1995 as a kindergarten teacher in a private school in Maryland. She loved her work but felt she could make a more important contribution by teaching students more in need. She moved to northern Virginia where she took a pay cut and worked longer hours to teach first grade in a more diverse public school. She was devoted to the academic success of her students and took every opportunity to learn the latest research-based practices. She was a beloved educator not only because of her warmth and humor, but because she truly believed in each and every child she met. She wanted and expected the best from them. Strong character, work ethic, and passion for learning are traits Kelly exemplified and fostered and which mirror Highline’s mission and values. She would have loved being a teacher at Highline, where the community of students and adults strive together each and every day for excellence, not only in academics, but also in civic and personal responsibilities.

Kelly was drawn to teaching from her earliest days, successfully practicing on her unsuspecting younger brother. There was never a doubt where her career path was headed. Her life was filled with helping others and her cancer diagnosis never slowed her down or deterred her. In some ways it seemed to energize her. On weekends, Kelly was a respite foster parent, applying the same consistency and compassion she displayed in her classroom to the children she fostered. She was also active as a counselor at Camp Fantastic, Special Love’s camp for children with cancer. Her final thoughts were of her brother, for whom she videotaped herself reading her favorite children’s books for his yet to be born children.

Her family and friends are pleased to establish this scholarship in her honor. The hope is that it will help Highline students begin a career that is as rewarding and fulfilling and meaningful as Kelly’s was. Her life ended much too early in 2007 at the age of 36, but we hope this scholarship can help in a small way to keep her dreams alive.

Highline Academy exists to foster a diverse and equitable community of youth and adults striving together for academic, personal, and civic excellence, while living the core REACH values of Responsibility, Empowerment, Aspiration, Citizenship, and Honesty. These values were truly exemplified in Kelly’s life. It is therefore only fitting that a graduate of Highline Academy Charter Schools be awarded a scholarship in Highline and Kelly’s name.


Since being established in 2019, the fund has granted $6,500 to three outstanding Highline Academy graduates pursing careers in education.