Name: Linda Ensor     
    Grade Level: 9-12 
    I am available daily for extra help.  Please let me know that you intend to come by A7 after school so that I know to stay in the room at the end of the school day.  Virtual support is always available to you via email. 
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    On the day the United States celebrated the end of the Korean War, I was born in a tiny town (Kingstree) in the Low Country of South Carolina (think "Swamp Fox"). After completing my bachelor's degree at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, I earned my master's degree at the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

    My path to Shore Regional was a convoluted one. I began teaching in 1976 at Columbia High School when one of my graduate school professors convinced me to become a high school English teacher. After four years at Columbia High School, one of the city's five urban secondary schools, I decided to try college administration for a few years. Over a seven-year period, I served as a financial aid officer at three different colleges, the last of which was Princeton University. When my first child was born, I began to work from home: I tutored, taught swimming, worked for an SAT Prep company, and consulted with scholarship programs.

    In 1995 I took a full-time teaching position with the Middletown Township School District. After participating in two labor disputes (strikes) and spending three days in the Monmouth County Correctional Institute during the second one, I joined the faculty at Shore Regional High School. That turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The SRHS community has become a home for me, and I am fortunate to be associated with the caring, professional faculty and staff at the school.

    I am the proud mother of two University of South Carolina graduates. As Gamecocks, both certainly enjoyed the warmer weather and laid-back lifestyle of the South.  My daughter completed her graduate program in digital media at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee; and my son, a Boren Scholar, now lives in Charlotte, NC.

    When I am not at Shore Regional High School, helping adults and youth learn to scull; training in Evenstar, my racing shell, on the Navesink River; racing in masters rowing regattas; exploring both new and familiar venues with my best friend and husband, Bob; playing with our two English cockers, Percy and Onya; or traveling with my family. Visit my photo galleries to see more about who I am and what I enjoy.

    I live on the Navesink River beginning in the late spring and ending in mid-November, mostly in a shell but often in a sailboat, too.  I race in rowing regattas throughout each summer and fall as a member of Navesink River Rowing and Avalon Rowing Club.  In several recreational singles events (Catch the Cooper, King's Head, and Quaker City Masters), I have raced a Maas 24 and won gold medals.  A good friend of mine and I also won the gold in a doubles event at the Head of the Schuylkill River in Philly (see the photo below, left). 

    I enjoy coaching some of the youth in the Navesink River Rowing program.   During each spring, summer, and fall, I am regularly on a coaching launch on the Navesink River.

    Winning the gold at the Head of the Schuylkill   Winning the gold at the 2009 Kings Head Regatta

    Check out the video (link below) from YouTube: for me, the water is a never-ending source of peace and joy. 

    "Favorite Coaching Session"

     Sunrise on the Navesink