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Peter Linn Years teaching on Guam: 35 years School: George Washington High School Subject: Health Hobbies: Music, water polo, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, volunteering

Wave rider

Peter Linn expresses himself on the waves — ocean and radio. Though he is officially retired from the Department of Education, Linn continues to work as a contract teacher, while also finding time for water sports and his radio show. He teaches health, which encompasses a wide variety of topics, including suicide prevention, substance abuse to prevention, nutrition to the body systems and first aid and safety. Linn previously taught at John F. Kennedy High School and now teaches at George Washington High School. “I like what I do. Every day is different and every semester is different,” Linn says. Keeping his students happy and healthy is his ultimate goal. “I try to encourage the [students] that are doing the right things. And for the ones who admit that they are not, I try to get them to see the side that will keep them alive and as healthy as they can be,” he says. Linn’s interest in teaching was launched when his swim coach hired him to give swimming lessons and it’s no surprise he keeps up his love for the water as a coach of youth water polo, volunteer judge of Guahan Napu – a surfing competition, member of the Guam Water Polo Club and commodore of the Marianas Yacht Club. But he has another love: music. Linn hosts “The Gig,” which airs every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and is one of the rotating show hosts of Route 66 on Saturday evenings on KPRG. “My love is music. It gives me a chance to show what I have, what’s new and what I like,” he says. On “The Gig,” he does adult album alternative, playing any rock, soul or reggae and staying away from the Top 40. In a show, he’ll play a few songs from artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Sia to Bob Marley and Smokey Robinson. “It’s kept me on my toes to keep current,” he says. Route 66 features rock, soul and blues, also staying away from mainstream music, “because we already have enough shows doing that,” he says.

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