There is no better legacy than to leave a place better than you found it.
That is the legacy Linda Brown is leaving in the Imperial Valley.
Brown, who is departing from the Imperial Valley after 11 years for a chorale music teaching job at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, did many wonderful things for the Imperial Valley.
She wrote the grant that brought the Southwest Academy of Visual and Performing Arts to the then-new Southwest High School in El Centro. That program has trained hundreds and hundreds of our young people in various aspects of the arts. She was one of the guiding forces at the high school as it put down its academic foundation, serving as a vice principal, music teacher and head of SAVAPA.
She also helped mold the Imperial Valley Master Chorale from a community college singing class into the multi-pronged, deep and talented organization it is today that includes a junior chorale and chamber singers. Twice under her direction the Imperial Valley Master Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The chorale and its associated groups now are counted upon for doing quality work around the Imperial Valley and beyond.