Dr. Linda J. Iverson earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in Secondary School Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Dr. Iverson has over thirty-six years in academia in urban school districts. She served as an English teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools for ten years and has been an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school level for a total of twenty two years. Upon completion of her Ph.D. degree, she was recruited to East Cleveland, Ohio as an assistant principal of Shaw High School where she served for four years before being promoted to the position of Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at the high school charged with the curriculum development and supervision of the comprehensive academic and vocational curriculum for five additional years. A national search resulted in her relocation and appointment to the position as principal of East Hartford Middle School in East Hartford, Connecticut. During her two year tenure in this position, she modified the master schedule to increase the number of students enrolled in foreign language and honors classes receiving high school credit; developed a co-teaching model for the delivery of instruction and changed the culture of the school by implementing several inclusive instructional practices that eliminated the separation of general and special education in the building.
She moved to the elementary level and for twelve years, Dr. Iverson led Governor William Pitkin Elementary School in East Hartford, Connecticut as the building principal. Under her leadership, the school led the district in student achievement achieving Average Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act consistently from 2001 until 2009 before being promoted to the central office as the Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Assessment overseeing the curriculum, instruction and assessment of ten schools in the district.
Throughout her career, Dr. Iverson has demonstrated a record of accomplishment, continuously setting high expectations and achieving results. In May, 2011, she relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to assume the leadership as the Director of Literacy for over 200 schools, grades Prek-12 with the Baltimore City Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland, a system that educates 85,000 students, and employs over 8,500 employees and an operating budget of $1,311,308,950. She was in this position for only five months before being promoted to Executive Director of Principal Support and Accountability. The district is decentralized and divided into twelve networks or areas-each network consisting of 14 schools. She was directly responsible for overseeing the leadership and development of 13 principals, and implementation and monitoring of curriculum and instruction in schools and the student achievement of over 4,500 students, grades PreK-5 in this network of schools.
Dr. Iverson joins the Wilkinsburg School District for the 2016-2017 school year with a focus on elementary education, curriculum and principal development to provide outstanding environments for teaching and learning. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding leaders and principals in the district.