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Mailbag: Linda Evans will be missed at CV

June 17, 2010

For 36 years, Linda Evans has given her time, energy and creativity to make Crescenta Valley High School one of the best public schools in the country ("CV High principal to retire," April 20).

Crescenta Valley High School has been and continues to be the heart and center of our community. Over the years, we have celebrated and rejoiced in the accomplishments of our students and supported each other during times of sadness and loss. It is often said that the strength of a community lies in its schools, and this is certainly true of Crescenta Valley High.

Evans returned to her alma mater to teach English and in time became the chairwoman of the English Department. A few years later, she moved to an administrative role as dean of students and then advanced to assistant principal before assuming the responsibilities of co-principal.

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Working from a solid foundation, she built Crescenta Valley High School to a school that was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being in the top 3% of all U.S. high schools, and Newsweek rated the campus in the top 5% nationwide.

Evans' focus has always been to prepare students to meet the rigorous requirements for admission to a four-year college or university. Under her leadership, students were challenged to take a take a wide range of advanced-placement classes.

Her passion for teaching excellence has been the driving force in hiring some of the most professional and highly qualified teachers in the area. Her team approach has fostered great loyalty and dedication, many faculty members have chosen to work their entire careers at Crescenta Valley High School, and many former students have returned to become teachers.

Evans has been a strong advocate of the Community Service Learning Project. For more than 16 years, students have volunteered thousands of hours of community service each year. Evans saw the importance of not only educating their minds, but also their hearts. She inspired students to look beyond the school walls and be of service to the community.

In the community, she served on the YMCA executive board and spoke passionately about the importance of providing as "many baskets," or opportunities, for youth as possible. This philosophy was evident on campus with the wide array of extracurricular activities for students, including clubs, sports, orchestra, drama, choir and robotics, to name just a few.

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