Hello, my name is Ed Koledo and I am the superintendent for Linden Community Schools. This year is my eighth year as superintendent in Linden and it continues to be a wonderful learning experience. I was most recently deployed a second time with my Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) unit for a little over a year. Prior to that, I was the superintendent for seven years here in Linden. Before that, I was the principal at Hyatt Elementary for almost a year, was in Iraq with the MIARNG, and the principal at Linden Elementary for five years. I was the assistant principal at Linden Middle School for four years. My teaching experience was at the high school level. I taught mathematics at Linden High School for two years and at Willow Run High School for four years. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, History, and Military Science and later with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. I am also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Michigan Army National Guard where I am the 272nd Regional Support Group commander.
Having a high school background, it was quite a cultural change working my way down through middle school and elementary. Our staff and students helped to “show me the ropes” at each building and I quickly fell in love with each role. It’s interesting, my first trip to Iraq actually prepared me well for the superintendent position; my superintendent position prepared me well for my second trip to the Middle East. I gained a valuable perspective on stress and how to focus on what really matters. I understand the importance of the decisions our staff will make as a team and the implications on our students. Working within Linden Community Schools, at all levels, has given me a unique knowledge of how these decisions will play out.
My wife, Bridget, and I have been married for 22 years. I have one daughter who is now 22 and two sons, one is nine and the other will be seven. Having little ones in the house has adjusted my hobbies down to just fishing, which is awesome as my boys begin to catch fish on their own casts. The way they play together (and argue) is one of the real pleasures to watch in life! My wife teaches fifth grade at Central Elementary and we are enjoying our house on Loon Lake.
I think Linden Community Schools benefit greatly from the quality of people who support it. Our staff members including bus drivers, secretarial, cooks, custodial, maintenance, aides, parapros, teachers, and administrators are second to none. The past decade of budget cuts and political bashing of public school have been added stressors for sure, but the continued time and personal effort by everyone is what really helps make a positive difference. Parents and community members go the extra mile to get involved with our district. A part of Linden’s overall success as a school district has to be attributed to the pride everyone in the community has in it.
Please consider this an open invitation to stop by Linden Community Schools to see what is happening. Our administrative staff is available to answer any questions you may have or to show you what is new or improved in a building. Each year, with the use of our Sinking Fund dollars, we are able to replace, repair, or renovate various systems throughout the district. We are well situated in terms of quality facilities throughout the district.