2013 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Linda Pendleton

Argentine High School, 1964Linda.Pendleton

"Woman of the Year," "Citizen of the Year" and "Woman of Distinction" are three of the many awards Linda Pendleton has received that demonstrate her character, her leadership and her commitment to her community.

She has devoted countless hours to the Armourdale Renewal Association, the Shepherd's Center, the KCK Community College Advancement Council, the KCK Public Library Foundation, the KCK School Foundation for Excellence and many others.

Many people associate Pendleton with the KCK Board of Education, where she served four terms. She is most proud of the First Things First school reform effort undertaken during her time on the board, which changed the way teachers teach and the way students learn.

She believes in giving back to her community, and to the district that prepared her well for her future. Knowing that her family could not afford to pay for college, Pendleton sought the training she needed for her career from her high school business classes. She excelled at shorthand, typing and accounting, and won a number of awards. These classes gave her the skills to help her land her first job, and she continues to use those same skills in her work today. She is grateful to her business teacher for challenging her and encouraging her to excel.

Pendleton has spent most of her career working as an office manager and executive secretary. One of her employers was the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, where she worked in pupil services, personnel and at Noble Prentis Elementary School, when her three sons were students there. In more recent years, she worked as the HR supervisor at Kansas City, Kansas Community College. During her time there, she received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award for leadership in community colleges. Today she is a full-time realtor.

Her advice for today's students is "always strive to do your best."