Linda Michelle Mitchell
Linda was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism and a master's in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana. After a brief stint as a reporter in Florida, Linda taught elementary and high school students in a small private school. Later she became a parent educator for the Parents as Teachers program in St. Louis, performing over 1,000 home visits to families of preschoolers. She is passionate about spreading the message of literacy and launched a nonprofit organization called the Metro East Literacy Project. Being married to a professional photographer, Odell Mitchell Jr., has provided Linda with a plethora of photographs that document her children's lives. Her book series, along with her literacy organization, give Linda the opportunity to expand her educational reach beyond the classroom. She lives in O'Fallon, Illinois.