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Dr. Laurene Richards - Usher
Dr. Laurene Richards-Usher is the Principal at the Linden SDA School. She has worked for over twenty- five years as an educator in different capacities. She has served the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventist as an elementary teacher for over twelve years. She is originally from Costa Rica. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Mrs. Usher holds two Bachelor degrees: one from the Adventist University in Costa Rica majoring in Math, and the other in Integrated Science from Union College Lincoln Nebraska in secondary education. She also has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Atlantic Union College. She is a family life instructor and she is married to Dr. Anthony Usher and together they have three young adult sons. 

Ms. Marilyn Rodney
Ms. Marilyn Rodney is the Administrative Assistant at the Linden SDA. She attended the Taylor Business Institute and received an Associate degree in Business Administration. She is affectionately called "Mommy" by some of the students because of her quiet and pleasant demeanor. She attends the Brooklyn Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. and she loves the Lord.

Ms. Paulette Braithwaite   
Ms. Braithwaite is the 1st grade homeroom teacher at the Linden SDA School. She hails from Guyana, and has been an early childhood educator for over forty years. Her numerous areas of training include a BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Guyana. She is also certified in Remedial Reading and Guidance Counselling, and holds a Grade 1 Class 1 Teachers' Certificate, which she earned from the Cyril Potter College of Education. In addition to earning that certification from Cyril Potter, she served as a lecturer at the same institution. She is also the former Kindergarten Teacher at the Linden SDA Day Care.

Ms. Braithwaite has a passion for teaching, and she believes it is a talent given to her by God. Her goal is to ensure effective learning for all the students that she teaches.

Mrs. Lydia Akobi
Mrs.Lydia Aderonke Akobi is the 5th grade homeroom teacher at the Linden SDA School. She was born in the ancient city of Lle-lfe, the spiritual home of the Yorubas in the most populous country of Africa, Nigeria. She attended the university of Ibadan where she received a bachelor's degree in Education. She then obtained a Master of Education degree with concentration in Administration from Atlantic Union College. Mrs. Akobi has been teaching for twenty-seven years and has been on the staff of the Linden Seventh-day Adventist School since 1997. As the 4th grade teacher, she prepares students for the N.Y. State tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science and has always had excellent results.
Mrs. Akobi is the coordinator for the school's outreach program which works closely with St. Jude Children Hospital. She is married to Elder Richard Akobi and they are blessed with three children, Richard Jr., Olutola and Temilola.   

Mr. Eagan Kingston
Mr.Kingston is the Advanced Math teacher for the Grades 6-8 classes. He was born in Guyana and is a graduate of The University of Guyana with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has over ten years of teaching experience including five years of teaching in New York City.


Mrs. Sharon Stoute
Mrs. Sharon Stoute serves as Teachers' Assitant at the Linden SDA School. She works with all the students in one way or another. She is a faithful and willing worker. She is married to Oliver Stoute and they have two lovely daughters, one is a current student at Pine Forge Academy and the other is attending Oakwood University.

Ms. Amy Gallimore
Ms. Amy Gallimore is the computer and spanish teacher at the Linden SDA School for grades 1 through 8. She was born in the Bronx, but has experienced many different cultures, visiting and residing in Panama, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain. Ms. Gallimore attended Andrews University where she obtained a Bachelor in Spanish and a minor in Digital Multimedia, which she puts to good use keeping the students updated with technology, culture, and language.