About Me

I have many roles in life. I’m a wife, a mother to two amazing children, and a Grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren.  I grew up in the market town of Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham and I’m a born and bred Geordie, and very proud of my background. Living in a village in the outskirts of Doncaster is where I need to be right now though, and I do love it here.  I love the Yorkshire people; their directness and their sense of humour.

I have had several jobs over the years. I started as a Junior Accounts clerk for Prontaprint, in Collingwood Street, Newcastle. I held office admin posts in one or two places, and particularly enjoyed working as support for the Gateshead Area Authority Vaccination department because my job included going out to the various baby clinics in the area to support Health Visitors in their work. I love babies and young children.

I left the North East when I got married and I felt my priority was to be a stay at home Mum until my daughter went to school. I finally ended up in retail at Rumbelows, and my manager used to say I had ‘ the gift of the gab’ and ‘could sell fridges to eskimos’!! I always wanted to be a teacher, and whilst I didn’t make the most of the educational opportunities that I could have done, I took a back door route into a teaching role when I adapted my passion and love for swimming into a job that I loved for over 20 years.

Being really quite shy, I learned that by thinking of what others need, rather than wonder what they think of you, was the best way to be successful. I discovered I could hide my shyness behind my ‘Geordie friendliness’ which has made me appear a lot more confident than I really feel sometimes. Ironically, if I feel passionate about something, the world soon knows about it because I can’t help myself sharing it with others! I feel very driven once I’ve have a specific goal in mind, and I just love the feeling of progress, especially when support and encouragement from others is given along the way.  I owe so much to my lovely family and friends who are always there, especially my husband who listens with patience and kindness when I have new ideas I need to voice..

My faith has played a massive part of my life.  I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 17 and I’ve been actively involved in the Church for 40 years in June.  Currently I am the Bible study (Seminary) teacher to a small group of teenagers and we meet each morning at Church before they start school. I will be the first to say I am not a scriptorian.  However, despite this, we as a class have learned, laughed and even cried together as we have discussed the stories, principles and rules to live by from the Bible. I love working with the youth! Without wanting to preach, if you feel you would like to understand more about my faith, please visit http://www.mormon.org. I have recently written a short ‘ I’m a Mormon’ profile which can be found at

https://www.mormon.org.uk/me/JFNK/Linda

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