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By Derrick Smith

High school is a time when students are still learning who they are and what they can do. Their minds are very creative and are open to new ideas.
 
That is one of the reasons that Linda Outhier enjoys teaching high school students. 
 
“I love the way teenagers think,” she said. “They have boundless energy and all their ideas are still new and possible. I get to see the future.”
 
Outhier is in her twelveth year at Enid High School, where she teaches Drama, Stagecraft, Acting and Directing. She also coaches the Debate and Competitive Speech teams. Outhier grew up and went to school in Enid, where she lives with her husband, Philip. They have two grown children, Drew lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Ali and Linda’s daughter Emily lives in Tulsa. 
 
The teachers that she learned from in high school were the ones who made the biggest impact on Outhier deciding to become a teacher. 
 
“This is really going to date me,” she said jokingly. “Howard Domnick, Delight Poindexter, Don Wilson, and Eugene Griffin were some of the teachers that I had in high school that had an influence on me.”
 
While she has taught at Enid for a number of years, Linda has also taught at Emerson Junior High, Mustang High School, and Stillwater High School.
“I am so proud to teach at the school and in the town I grew up in,” she said. “My administration is supportive of my programs and encourages me to take the students as far as we can go with competitions, plays and instruction. We have great things going on at Enid High School in the arts and I am so proud to be a part of it.”
 
When she is not teaching in the classroom, Outhier does not have a tough time finding something to do. 
 
“I really love being around people,” she said. “I also enjoy sharing my passion for drama and the arts. I love to visit my kids where they live, attending college athletic events, and spending time with friends.”
 

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