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May 22, 2005

Art and Literacy Earn Top Marks For Educators at Southampton College
Art Teacher Peter Solow of Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School and
Southampton College Education Professor Linda Bausch Honored

Amanda Olsen (

Southampton, NY Two of the East End’s most influential people were honored today at  Southampton College’s Commencement Ceremonies. Not Paris Hilton or Jerry Seinfeld, but Peter Solow and Linda Bausch- a high school art teacher and a professor of Education, both of whom are shaping the future of the world, one student at a time.

Born in New York City in 1952, Peter Solow has a reputation any aspiring artist would be in awe of: He is a graduate of Cooper Union and Goddard College. His work is included in the permanent collection of several prestigious museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Smithsonian. He has held solo exhibitions in cities throughout the country.

Although he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and love of art with his students, Solow is also constantly looking to enrich their educational experiences by bringing in outside consultants who can share their unique and valuable expertise. He constantly encourages his students to study the work of other artists, read and research as much as they can about the art world, and if at all possible visit the places where others have been inspired to produce their best work.

“Working from observation is an extraordinary resource as a starting point for the creation of art.” Said Solow of his teaching practices.

During his four years at Pierson, he has worked collaboratively with students, faculty, parents and community members. His efforts have resulted in the formation and implementation of many exciting initiatives. 

His mark on the programs he touches is indelible and the depth of his commitment, not merely to art but to the relationships between artistic expression and life long learning, marks all of his endeavors. His inspiration and encouragement has lead his students to become just as passionate about art as he is and to further their art studies – many of his students over the last four years have gained admission to some of the top art schools in the country.

Even out of the classroom and far removed from the world of Art, Peter Solow’s emphasis is on teaching what he enjoys – he coaches junior soccer for the Sag Harbor Youth Soccer league of which he is also vice-president. His colleagues say he even manages to make his soccer charges play with the flair of Pele, considered by most to be a master of his own art.

 Growing up in Massapequa, Linda Bausch always knew she wanted to be a teacher. The inclination to teach was present in both her work and play. It was this innate drive to educate that lead her to not only be the best teacher possible, but to help others achieve their highest potential as educators. She teaches others to teach at their greatest level and imbue their students with a passion for knowledge.

“It’s always been my passion to give the chance to every child to become the kind of person that they believe in their heart they can be,” said Bausch. 

After earning a B.S. in Elementary Education from C.W. Post and an M.S. in Education from Dowling, Bausch went on to receive her Ed.D. in Reading, Language and Cognition from Hofstra University. She specializes in elementary education and early childhood education and has worked as a teacher for several Long Island schools, including Sachem, Cold Spring Harbor, Shoreham/Wading River and LaSalle Military Academy. She has explored issues concerning gender and literacy in her research working towards creating a fair and just educational environment which meets the needs of all learners. Her articles on the subject have been published in The Handbook of Emotional Literacy, the Language Arts Journal of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Journal of Literacy Education.

Bausch is currently the director of the Master's Degree Program in Literacy Education at Southampton College, where she teaches literacy courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. The East End Writing Project, (EEWP) a professional development network for teachers that recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise and leadership, also operates under her direction.

She has presented her findings at conferences all over the country, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Educational Research Association and the National Writing Project. In 2001 she was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Award from Hofstra University.

Bausch and her husband, Jeff, live in Holbrook with their three sons Jeff, Bryan and Tim.