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A former Commanding Officer of a nuclear submarine, Ed Linz transitioned into teaching mathematics and science and coaching track and cross country following his retirement from the Navy in 1985. He found it to be so enjoyable that he continued teaching in local high schools for the next 27 years. He is a 1965 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics and holds post-graduate degrees from George Mason University in Secondary Education and Christ Church College, Oxford University, in Economics.
Ed is a survivor of a life-saving heart transplant operation in 1994, and is forever grateful to the donor family who made this miracle possible. His book recounting that experience, Life Row, How a Family Can Survive a Medical Crisis, was published in 1997. He is also the co-author of a 2011 textbook, Team Teaching Science, Success for All Learners and numerous journal articles on team teaching and science. His most recent published work was a novel, Hurtling to the Edge. Ed writes a weekly opinion column for a small newspaper in Spokane, Washington.
In his spare time, Ed is an avid kayaker, hiker, world-traveler, and gardener. In the past three years, he and his wife, Sharon, have visited Australia, New Zealand, Peru, India, Nepal, Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, four countries in Eastern Europe, Chile and Argentina, and most recently Tanzania. Ed remains involved in education by tutoring Physics and giving presentations at national education conferences on the intersection of science and special education, He also gives frequent presentations to civic organizations on behalf of the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Ed is active within his local community, serving as Treasurer and Education Chair for the Winston Knolls Civic Association.