Published: November 24, 2009 | By admin

Posted in: Meet the Teachers

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On teaching…
When I was looking for a job after college, I realized that I need to do work that I believe is important and that I enjoy doing, because any job consumes an enormous percentage of one’s life. Teaching certainly fits those criteria for me. Even after 20 years, teaching continues to be challenging and fun. I love to learn, I love curious people, good conversation, figuring things out, and doing research. Teaching allows me to engage in all of these things every day. No one is more curious than a child—children ask about every word and every situation or event that they don’t understand, and they are always trying to make sense out of the world around them. Every day is full of “Eureka!” moments, both for my students and for me. It’s pretty exciting.

On favorite lessons…
I don’t have just one favorite lesson, but I believe that just about anything can be taught through story. I love books and stories, and I love teaching reading and discussing what we’ve read. I also love teaching children to write—to explore different forms of writing, how authors use language and story form to make their stories interesting and keep us reading. I love it when my students share their writing with others.

On teaching at Friends’ Central…
I grew up in the 1950s in south Alabama where almost all of my teachers were grim-faced, stern, and, I felt, always disapproving of me and my classmates. I love teaching in a school that fills each day with excitement, student empowerment, love of learning, concern for others, and fun. I appreciate my colleagues who are supportive, interesting, and always eager to work collectively to make our curriculum and our campus community better.  I appreciate my students who are such incredibly smart and kind individuals. I appreciate the administration that gives us a great deal of freedom while expecting the highest standard of teaching, provides us with wonderful facilities, and supports us in dealing with the problems that arise.

Outside interests…
reading, Japanese calligraphy, sewing, origami, drawing, cooking