Linda Arredondo

Instructional Leader

About Me

Talented educational leader with teaching and instructional coaching experience. Serving students, teachers, and families with diverse backgrounds and abilities as teacher, mentor, and coach. Possess special expertise and experience in data analysis and planning for student growth and academic achievement. Experienced in the delivery and facilitation of staff development, parent workshops, system-level training, state and national conference presentations.

Duties and Service @ SMS - 2013-2015:

School-level accomplishments

  • Planning, preparation, and facilitation of full, half day, and 30 minute - 1 hour PD sessions for content area teachers including ELA, Science, and Social Studies
    • Topics include the following:
      • Content Literacy/Strategic Teaching
      • Active Student Engagement
      • Collaborative Group Work
      • Comprehension Toolkit
      • STAR Reporting System
      • Reading Writing Connection
      • EDUCATEAlabama PLCs
      • Productive Struggle
      • CCRS Implementation
      • ACT Aspire Writing
  • Coaching and classroom support for content area teachers including ELA, Science, and Social Studies
  • Assisted with planing, preparation, and facilitation of both in-house and system-level Instructional Rounds
  • Data analysis and segregation (including STAR & ACT Aspire)
  • Organized and arranged for Holt-McDougal rep to present to area secondary teachers regarding new textbook adoption (SMS hosted)
  • Small group book study facilitator (Steven Layne)
  • Submitted proposal, received books and facilitated book study for content teachers (Fisher & Frey)
  • Created a website/blog as a platform for collaboration
  • Created a video library for the purpose of PD for teachers at SMS (Access Code: smsteacher)
  • Attended necessary training and assisted with the writing and input of our school-level eCIP
  • Assisted in the planning, preparation, and delivery of an informational Parent Mtg. - Understanding the ACT Aspire Results
  • Assisted with the planning and presentation of SMS data at our Cluster Data Meeting
  • Served as an active member of the BLT (2 yrs.)
  • Leadership role in the RtI/Data process including student intervention, progress monitoring, and monthly data meetings (PST) with GL teacher teams (2 yrs.)
  • Test administrator for STAR, EXPLORE, and ACT Aspire
  • Served as school-level EL contact (2 yrs.)
  • Assisted with the planning and preparation for writing workshop w/ Rick Shelton (6-8 students and teachers)
  • Assisted with planning and preparation of Ruby Payne consultant presentation
  • Assisted with the planning, preparation, and elementary school visits of our basketball players and cheerleaders reading to the elementary students
  • Planned and presented in-class writing workshops, facilitated timed practice writing assessment, scored student essays (using the Aspire Rubric), and provided feedback to students and teachers in grades 6-8

System-level accomplishments

  • Served on the CCRS Implementation Team w/ turn-around PD delivery at the Instructional APs Mtgs.
  • Participated in system-level Instructional Rounds (LES & HES)
  • Assisted in the planning, preparation and delivery of Academic Vocabulary workshop with our Instructional AP (Jones)
  • Participated in all system-level Coaching Communities - presenting the CCRS Implementation turn-around PD following each quarterly mtg.
  • Presented the Adolescent Brain Research during "Lunch and Learn" for the teachers at PACE
  • Assisted with the planning and presentation of SMS data at our Cluster Data Meeting
  • Participated in and received state-approved PLU - Technology for Administrators (
  • Wrote, submitted and received funds through the Regional In-service center to pay for subs so that teachers could attend a system-level writing workshop
  • Planned, prepared, and presented a one day ACT Aspire Writing Workshop at the CO at which teacher teams created student-friendly versions of the Aspire writing rubrics for grades 3-8 (rubrics available at under the writing tab)
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Samford University

2012 – 2013

M.S., Instructional Leadership

University of South Florida

1998 – 2001

B.A., Early Childhood Education w/ ESOL Endorsement


Instructional Coach | Sparkman Middle School

August 2013 – present

Reading Coach/Instructional Partner | Monrovia Elementary School

August 2008 – July 2013

Literacy Instructor | DeSoto County School System - Family Service Center

August 2002 – July 2007

Elementary Education | DeSoto County School System - West Elementary School

August 2001 – July 2002

Early Childhood Education | Head Start & Faith-based

1988 – 1997