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Faculty of Education R Photo Credit: Rae Holtsbaum etirements and Fond Farewells

Dr. Linda Lang’s career has been quite eclectic. She has been an elementary school teacher (North Battleford and Saskatoon Public), a curriculum developer for Sas- katchewan Learning, a freelance writer for a national teacher's magazine (Classroom published in the 1980's by Scholastic), an editor and publisher of a school drama and music magazine (Mask 'n; Melody: 1986-1988), an edito- rial assistant at a Saskatchewan book publisher (Western Producer Prairie Books), a TV script writer, a published children's playwright, an actor with Saskatoon Gateway Players, and a play director for Gateway Theatre for Children in Saskatoon.

For many years, Dr. Lang was a sessional lecturer for the Col- lege of Education, University of Saskatchewan. From 1991 to 1994 she supervised interns. She also taught English to Vocational Agriculture students at the U of S for 2 years and spent a couple of years studying drama therapy in England and practising drama therapy in Saskatoon. From 1998 to 2011, she taught in the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. In 2000, she won the Norah Mor- gan Action Research Award (an international award for practical research in drama education) and was also a finalist for the Ameri-


can Alliance for Theatre in Educa- tion dissertation award.

Linda’s career has included great variety; yet, she identifies a unify- ing theme: “The thread that runs through everything I've done pro- fessionally is a passionate belief in the power of drama and theatre to infuse the hearts and minds of stu- dents with self-confidence and self- worth. I am—first and always—a teacher. I believe that the most important steps we can take to cre- ate a better world tomorrow should be in today's classrooms where we encourage and empower the next generation of children to believe in themselves and the power they have to make a difference.”

Linda enjoys the freedom that retirement is providing for her to follow her heart and her creative instincts in the field of drama and theatre in her work with children. She says, “I'm not done yet - just returning to ‘the road less trav- elled,’ again, since that seems to be where I feel the most at home.”

Summer 2011

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