Linda Chesky became a writer in first grade when the principal handed her a stapled stack of paper and said, "Now you're going to write the stories." She has learned much about the joys and challenges of writing since then, and shares those lessons with her students.
A Milwaukee native, Ms. Chesky first came to AOC as a class assistant in the mid 1980s and rejoined the program in 2001. Along the way, she taught high school and college English, wrote grant proposals, supervised parenting programs, and helped McNair Scholars with their research writing. She teaches English 095, 101, and 102 and has also taught in AOC's summer Bridge program. As a first generation college student who balanced single parenting with earning her master's degree, she knows what it takes to succeed and appreciates the drive and motivation of her students. She loves the energy, diversity, and community that AOC instructors, advisors, students, and staff create together.
Ms. Chesky has a daughter, two greyhounds, and too many books. She believes the best thing you can do in college is challenge your comfort level, her hair has been this color since she was an undergraduate, and her guilty pleasure is sports talk radio, especially the Petros and Money Show. She knows that writing is hard but satisfying work: she spent two hours writing and revising this bio!
M.A., Marquette University
B.A., Carroll College