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Linda Purrington - Pepperdine GSEP

"Graduate students bring a rich personal and professional experience to the classroom and curriculum. As individuals and a community, students and professors have the wondrous opportunity to build upon that experience, construct new knowledge, develop new skills, and discover new ways of 'being."

Dr. Linda Purrington, lecturer and academic chair of the master of science in administration and preliminary administrative services credential (the Educational Leadership Academy) and the doctor of education in educational leadership, administration, and policy (ELAP) at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), has been a passionate professor of education at GSEP for almost 10 years.

Bringing with her a reservoir of expertise on leadership in K-12 and higher education settings, Purrington eagerly helps students develop skills to enhance the educational environments in which they work at an administrative level. "Graduate students bring a rich personal and professional experience to the classroom and curriculum," said Purrington. "As individuals and a community, students and professors have the wondrous opportunity to build upon that experience, construct new knowledge, develop new skills, and discover new ways of ‘being.' It is an exciting and inspirational endeavor."

Purrington has worked in K-12 education as a bilingual classroom teacher, teaching assistant principal, principal, and district program coordinator. She can now also add to her resume a new role on the California Association for Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA) committee for Equity, Diversity, and Achievement for Social Justice. "I look forward to working with other CAPEA members to encourage and support university leadership preparation program policies and practices (including curriculum and instruction) that promote cultural proficiency," Purrington stated with enthusiasm. "By advocating for CAPEA, I will facilitate idea sharing, resources, and, most importantly, new learning."