Linda Carol Cobb
“How do I know what I think till I see what I say?”
Outgoing and talkative, Linda found her niche in teaching communication skills to a captive audience. She taught English electives – public speaking, journalism, visual language, drama, advanced composition and college-bound reading – for 37 years at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. She coached the forensic team for 30 years, sponsored Shore Lines, the school newsmagazine, for 11 years and directed the theatre program for nine years. After retiring from teaching, she served as the school’s writing tutor.
Her journalism students won regional, state and national awards for writing. Shore Lines earned top honors from numerous press associations, including the George H. Gallup award from Quill and Scroll. Linda has taught sessions at Columbia University’s CSPA’s national conferences and at Virginia High School League’s state journalism conferences. She was also invited to serve as a critic judge for Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
In 2001, Linda was named Bayside High’s Teacher of the Year. In 2000, the Virginia Journalism Teachers and Advisers Association honored her with the Virginia Gazette Award. She was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s teachers four times.
Since retiring, Linda has taught seminars in public speaking and grammar/writing for Old Dominion’s Career Switcher Program and Evenings at Saint Patrick’s. Over the years, she has copyedited books, articles and brochures on a free-lance basis. Currently, she takes classes at The Muse in Norfolk and belongs to Virginia Beach Writers.
Linda’s writing interests are limited to personal essays and memoirs that fall into a self-imposed truth box. She is working on a collection of short, true stories about personal experiences and her Tennessee hillbilly family.
Her published work:
May 21, 2011--Bch Dawg at America's got Stories
June 2013--Writers Haven, Issue 12, "Memories of Mama and Papa"