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Meet Linda Reinbold, Preschool Teacher and Director of St. Margaret's Nursery School

An expert in ABCs, 123s and so much more, Reinbold has touched the lives of young children for more than two decades.

Full name: Linda Reinbold

Town in which you live: Lower Saucon Township

Job description: Director of (SMNS) and head teacher of a morning 4-year-old class and afternoon pre-K class.

How long have you been at St. Margaret’s?

"At the end of this school year I will have completed 22 years at SMNS. I have been a teacher at SMNS for 22 years and the director of the school for the last 15 years."

Tell us why you've been so committed to what you do.

"After my son was born, I made the decision not to return to teaching until he was older. After several years, an opportunity arose to teach part-time at SMNS. I felt that I would stay there for a few years and then return to public school teaching. But I soon realized that my heart belonged at SMNS.

"The staff works as a team and puts the needs of the child first. The volunteer school board, made up of parents, community reps and church members is dedicated to the development of the preschool child and the overall advancement of our program.

"I was fortunate to have found a place to teach that was more like a family and where children are taught in an atmosphere of creativity, understanding and respect for themselves and others. It is a wonderful place to share my love of teaching and children."

What's your favorite part about being a preschool teacher?

"My favorite part is overwhelmingly the children.

"The preschool age child is full of wonder and amazement. They are eager to learn and love to explore. In addition to the normal preschool curriculum, I include a lot of children’s literature as well as science experiments. I have been teaching Spanish and sign-language to my Pre-K class for many years and they pick it up like sponges. In addition to teaching them, not a day goes by that I don’t learn something from them."

Is there a "special" moment you can recall from your time with the preschool children?

"My most special moment is very easy to recall.

"Approximately 16 years ago I had a wonderful bubbly little girl in my 4-year-old class who developed a brain tumor. She had several brain surgeries in an attempt to remove the tumor. She also had several chemotherapy treatments. Due to the drugs, she lost all of her beautiful hair, gained weight and had a difficult time sitting and balancing. Her mother kept us informed of her progress and told us that they could not remove the entire tumor.

"One day she called me to ask a very simple question. Her daughter had shared with her that the one thing she wanted to do was “go back to school.” I replied that we would do whatever we needed to make her wish come true. I talked with the class about what had happened to their classmate and how she would look different and might need some extra help. Young children have a sense of grace and acceptance that overwhelms me.

"The children were amazing to her. My bubbly little girl returned to school for a short time. It became more and more difficult for her to sit and she had many headaches. She lost her battle with her disease during that year.

"She drew many rainbows that year – it became her symbol. Every time I see a rainbow I think of her and she makes me smile. I learned determination, perseverance and the meaning of love from her and her family."

Have you stayed in touch with any of your students as they've grown up?

"Because I have been here for 22 years, I have the unique opportunity of working with the children of  “children” I taught my first years at SMNS.

"Also, I have taught many siblings and cousins in one family over the years. We have many alumni who visit us each year, and I get graduation announcements and pictures from many former students. SMNS is also very fortunate to have alumni parents who continue to support the school with both monetary and supply donations."

What's your favorite thing about working in Emmaus?

"I love the small-town atmosphere and friendliness of the people in Emmaus."

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

"My work schedule requires me to work full-time during the school year and part-time during the summer. In my spare time I love to read, work in my flower garden, do crafts and spend time with my grandson who lives in Rhode Island."

What's your favorite children's book and why?

"Anything by Jan Brett. Her illustrations are incredible and her stories share wonderful imagery with children and always have a wonderful message."

Favorite adult book?

"There are too many to name. I try to keep current with recent releases, but I have always loved the books by Maya Angelou."

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

"Take one day at a time and be prepared to change your lesson plans at a moment’s notice, because you never know what interesting and exciting thing a child may want to share that day."

Every Friday the Emmaus Patch will help you to get to know another of the many people who make our hometown such a wonderful place to live. If you would like to recommend someone for us to highlight in the future, please tell us in the comment box or email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Linda Reinbold was recommended for “People In Our Neighborhood” by one of our Emmaus Patch readers.

srodham69 May 27, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Many years ago my oldest child went to St. Margaret's and that experience is much treasured today. Mrs. Reinbold was an amazing teacher. I want her to know that we still have the "ABC Book: and my child is now 22!
Linda Reinbold May 27, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Thanks for the great reply. SMNS Alumni are great. Now you see why I love being at SMNS.
Katrina Piper May 27, 2011 at 05:32 PM
We all love Mrs. Reinbold so much. She has touched countless children in her many years at SMNS. She is the backbone to the school, and we are all lucky to have her here!
Cindy Mompie May 28, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Linda is the most dedicated teacher who always puts the children first. I have always looked up to her as a role model and my older sister. love ya Linda
Andrea Nesfeder May 28, 2011 at 07:21 PM
What a great article! Thank you to Mrs. Reinbold for being such a wonderful teacher. Two of my children have already had her and loved her! She continues to be an inspiration!
Linda Reinbold May 28, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Many thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments. You touch my heart.
Lynn Faust May 29, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Saint Margaret's Nursery School is the "best little school in town" because we have a wonderful dedicated Director. Linda is the heart and soul of our school as well the glue that holds it together. What I find most amazing about Linda is that by the first or second week of each school year she knows the name of every new student. Linda greets every student before class as well as a personal "good bye" to each one after class. Lynn Faust, Chairman of the Board of Dirctors
Meta May 31, 2011 at 12:36 AM
Great Job, Linda! Meta, Board Member
Jeremy Wolfe November 21, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Please forgive the randomness, but is this the same Linda Reinbold who was the VBS director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley a number of years ago?
Linda J. Reinbold November 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Yes, I cherish my years as VBS and Sunday School Director at Trinity. I made many great friends and enjoyed watching the children grow and fourish. I hope you have fond memories of my time there?

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