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Linda Ruth Harper

Linda Ruth Harper, American disabilities educator, consultant. Recipient Leadership Achievement award Nash County 4-H Club, 1961, National Honor Club award, 1961, National Key Club, 1962.


Harper, Linda Ruth was born on December 16, 1943 in Wilson, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of John Hoover and Mary Edna (Finch) Lamm.


Bachelor of Science in home economics, Bob Jones University, 1967;Master of Education, University South Carolina., 1976.


Teacher, South Carolina. Public Schools, Camden, Greenville, South Carolina., 1968-1977;teacher, principal, Georgia Christian School, Union Point, 1979-1986;assistant principal, North Carolina Christian School, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1986-1987;teacher AG & SP consultant program specialist, North Carolina Public Schools, Goldsboro, North Carolina, since 1987. Delegate, presenter American Association Mental Retardation, Republican of China, 1996.

Education consultant O'Berry Center, Goldsboro, North Carolina, since 1990.


Regular ceremonies enable people to open themselves to God more fully. They help people to hear God's offer and challenge ever more deeply, and to allow God to prompt and enable them to respond.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


Co-founder Bethel Christian School, 1979. State historian 4-H Club, 1961, co-presenter4-H Demonstration Cooperative Program, 1959. Sunday school teacher, pianist, since 1963, women's club president, 1996-1997, mission trips at various churches, 1992-1997. president of local chapter of NCAE (North Carolina Association of Educators, Inc.), 1998-1999, Member National Education Association, American Association Mental Retardation (southeast region chair 1997-1999, Executive Board since 1997), Council for Exceptional Children, State Employees Association, Education Leadership Progressive, East CArolina University, 1999.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sewing, piano, singing, flower arranging, food preparation.


Married Thomas Oliver Harper, Senior, August 12, 1962. Children: Thomas O., John Walter, Stephen Timothy.


The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.