Growing up moving year to year, state to state, and country to country, Linda Crandall was more than happy to be the fifth generation to settle on her family’s Nebraska farm. She is now thrilled to cast her sail once again to join the Semester at Sea community as her daughter’s companion and Assistant Lifelong Learner Coordinator.
Linda is retired from teaching high school journalism, speech, theater and English. She holds a master’s degree in English Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and studied at the Bread Loaf School of Writing, Middlebury, Vermont. She has worked as feature writer and associate editor for a local newspaper, taught memoir writing and college speech and composition courses, and currently coaches forensics teams and directs school play productions.
As co-chair of the Buffalo Commons Music and Storytelling Festival, past president of the McCook Arts Council, and certified speech and theater adjudicator, she strives to enhance arts and communication experiences in rural Nebraska. She was recently honored with the Nebraska Speech Communication and Theater Association award for outstanding service. Other honors include the Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award, her school district’s Master Teacher award, Governor Frank B. Morrison Teacher of the Year, and Peter Kiewitt Foundation Nebraska Teacher Achievement Award for Excellence in the Classroom.
Her passions revolve around her family of two children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They love spending time on the farm, at the beach, and in the mountains hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, playing games, and attending school and athletic events wherever they happen. She looks forward to being a part of the SAS community and sharing this incredible experience of discovery with her wise and talented daughter, Stephanie Seng, who will be sailing on her second SAS voyage as Assistant Director of Faculty-Led Programs.