Ms. Linda Evans, B.A.
Owning Words for Literacy™ Trainer
Fulbright alumnus 2003-04:  Budapest, Hungary
Nevada licensure:  7-12, English as a Second Language, Drama, and English
Clark County School District:  11 years in Secondary Classroom and 2 years as ELL Specialist

My background of ESL teaching experience in the USA and abroad provides expertise at the secondary level.  I have excellent presentation skills as demonstrated in my professional development trainings of the SIOP model, second language acquisition theory and new teacher training.

My passion is the indivisibility of culture and language.  I enjoy sharing bi-cultural experiences of collectivism vs. individualism and the idioms of different languages.  Being an Owning Words for Literacy™ trainer allows me to use my presentation and mentoring skills in a productive and creative way.

The last bowling league my mom played on was coined using her name, Filda.  Pronounce the ‘i’ as ‘ee’ and you have a play on the sound of the Kevin Costner flick Field of Dreams.  My mom was a dreamer who always wished great things for me and my dad was a natural teacher who loved sharing math tricks and great ideas with me.  So, my companies, Filda Dreams and Worley Publishing are happily named in their honor.

I read the book Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton.  Their web-based assessment, created by the Gallup Organization, indicated my signature strengths in the StrengthsFinder Profile.  It’s a fascinating resource that I use to focus my goals for Filda Dreams.

“Wouldn’t it be great if...”  You are the kind of person who loves to peer over the horizon.  The future fascinates you.  As if it were projected on the wall, you see in detail what the future might hold, and this detailed picture keep pulling you forward.  You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions.

You live in the moment.  You don’t see the future as a fixed destination.  Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of choices right now.  And so you discover your future one choice at a time.  This theme of Adaptability enables you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans.  You don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours.  You expect them.  They are inevitable.  You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.


You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation.  Some call you lighthearted.  You celebrate every achievement.  You find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital.  Somehow you can’t quite escape your conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter what the setbacks, one must never lose one’s sense of humor.

You are fascinated by ideas.  You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are.  An idea is a connection.  Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections.  You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange by strangely enlightening angle.  You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre.  Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart.

“When can we start?”  This is a recurring question in your life.  You are impatient for action.  You may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down you know that only action is real.  Only action can make things happen.  Only action leads to performance.  One a decision is made, you cannot not act.  You are not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green.  Guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning.  You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn.  This learning informs your next action and your next.  You must put yourself out there.  You must take the next step.  It is the only way to keep your thinking fresh and informed.


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