Kellogg continues to 'pay it forward'
by Marie Nesmith
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Working for the Cartersville City School System for more than 20 years, Linda Ford Kellogg currently is an administrative assistant at Cartersville High School. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Working for the Cartersville City School System for more than 20 years, Linda Ford Kellogg currently is an administrative assistant at Cartersville High School. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Through her civic endeavors and educational contributions, Linda Ford Kellogg continues to inspire people of all ages across Bartow County.

Along with working at the Cartersville City School System for more than 20 years, the Cartersville resident also is involved in various organizations, including the Leadership Team at Cartersville High School, the local Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Hickory Log Vocational School, Christian League for Battered Women’s Tranquility House and The Salvation Army.

“Well, before me someone invested in the community, which has helped and affected me,” Kellogg said. “I want to do the same in hopes that the next generation will do the same. Actually, it just [feels] so good to give back.”

Name: Linda Ford Kellogg

Age: 61

Occupation (title): Administrative Assistant at Cartersville High School

City of residence: Cartersville

Family: Children, LaMetrice Kellogg, Harold Kellogg Jr., Alexis Megan Kellogg-Gwinn; son-in-law, Todd Gwinn; and granddaughter, Dianna Rose Gwinn

Education: Associate of Science in Banking and Finance, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Basic and General Certificates from the American Bankers Association/American Institute of Banking, Certified License Mediator/State of Georgia, License #1375

While working at the Cartersville City School System, you have served under three superintendents and 10 principals in various positions, including a substitute, paraprofessional, attendance director and secretary/administrative assistant. What have you enjoyed most?

A: The students — particularly watching them grow and reach their educational goals and potential.

What do you enjoy most about working as an administrative assistant at Cartersville High School?

A: As an administrative assistant, I have to deal with a variety of things. I handle a lot of details for the principal and assistant principals. There are no two days alike. I enjoy supporting, working and handling things for the administrators, teachers, paraprofessional, parents and students. I have daily encounters with the custodians and cafeteria staff, as well. Administratively, you are in a position of trust, confidence and being a good listener. In this role you have to be able to wear many hats and multitask.

This year you were the Drum Major Recipient, along with Marian Coleman, for the King Holiday Weekend Celebration, Classified Employee of the Year for Cartersville High School and recently received an accolade during St. Luke A.M.E. Church’s Women of Excellence Awards Celebration. What does it mean to you to be recognized by the community with these various awards?

A: To be recognized by your community and peers is an indescribable feeling. I am humbled and grateful. Most of all I’m appreciative. I don’t do what I do to be recognized but I try to serve and use my God given abilities the best that I can while I can.

As the chairperson of the local Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, what do you enjoy most about seeing the programs come together and what do you want the public to gain from them?

A: I enjoy seeing what hard work can do and how people from all walks of life can come together for the same common cause. I want the public to remember that people lived their lives working for these civil rights issues to become law. I genuinely believe that people are good at heart and want to do the right thing. I truly try to treat people like I want to be treated.

When former Gov. Joe Frank Harris was in office, what was the most rewarding part about being a constituent service representative at The Governor’s Office?

A: The most rewarding part was following a leader who I truly respected and believed in. Also, meeting people (all races) from all across the state of Georgia that I had never met before and staying in homes that I would have never even dreamed of staying in.

What is your greatest professional and/or personal achievement?

A: Professionally, becoming a Certified Mediator. Personally, getting to know Jesus as my personal Saviour and my three children. I wanted them to know what it was to have a mother as a role model. I wanted to be that individual who they could look up to. I’m so proud of them.

If you were not in your line of work, what would you like to do?

A: Be an attorney, preferably a public defender.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

A: Unselfish, Compassionate, Loyal

What is the best advice you have ever received?

A: The things that matters the most cannot be purchased. This is a quote by George Cummings given to me by the late Mr. Walter A. Johnson, a principal in the Bartow County School System.

What advice would you give to today’s youth?

A: Work hard, get an education and become productive citizens so that you can pay it forward.