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Retiring professor Linda Krog says a silent goodbye

After nearly two decades this teacher signs off at Kirkwood

By Alisha Wright
On February 20, 2013

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Departing will be a largely silent sorrow for retiring instructor Linda Krog.

Krog, who is also the American Sign Language Department coordinator,  will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Krog, who has been at Kirkwood for 17 years, teaches many of the ASL and interpreting classes. According to Krog, the hope is that a replacement will be found and the program will be able to take in new students in the fall of 2014. Students currently in the program who will not graduate this spring will be allowed to finish out the program next year, according to Krog

Kirkwood is one of several schools in Iowa to offer American Sign Language classes but one of only three schools in the state that offers interpreting, the other two being Iowa Western and Scott community colleges. Kirkwood is the only school in Iowa where students can get an associate of arts degree in interpreting. Iowa Western and Scott Community at present only offer AAS degrees.

Once she retires, Krog said she is looking forward to staying home with her husband, who is already retired, and having time to write a book with him. She said she may even take some classes at Kirkwood. When asked what she will miss the most about teaching, Krog mentioned her appreciation of the students.

"I will miss the students the most," said Krog. "They're a lot of fun."

Krog said she first got into interpreting when a deaf man in church approached her and handed her a note asking her to learn to interpret. From there Krog found ASL classes at the University of Northern Iowa and regularly attended a deaf club in Cedar Rapids.

Krog earned a bachelor's degree in education, and when asked to teach at a community college in Saint Louis she took the job, where she stayed for 12 years. Krog, who had by this point earned her masters degree, said she wanted to move back to Cedar Rapids. When a friend told her of an opening at Kirkwood, she jumped at the opportunity. Krog applied for the position of coordinator for an interpreter training program and was hired.

In her nearly two decades at Kirkwood, Krog said she has trained many students in American Sign Language and interpreting. Lindsey Scott, an ASL student and a student of Krog's, described the future of the ASL program as "exciting."

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