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Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been in education for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. She presents internationally on 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless. Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network, she works with schools and districts from across the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities. She is author of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age and serves on the New Media Consortiumís 2011 Horizon.K12 Advisory board.
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Q & A with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

If you weren't in education, what do you think you'd be doing and why?

Working in some scientific field. Everything about science intrigues me. I see it as the narrative to understanding the universe.

When you were a kid, you wanted to be a ______? Why?

Veterinarian, because of a connection I feel with animals. If I wasnít going to be a vet, I wanted to be a surgeon, so I could save lives.

What's your idea of happiness?

An afternoon in my backyard or out on the water with my family.

Twitter changed my life because:

I was able to make connections that led to collaborations that led to transformation.

What are your favorite books and authors?

I read constantly but donít have favorite authors since I read mostly nonfiction - I have favorite topics. Some of my favorite books as of late are From Silos to Systems, A New Culture of Learning, and Alone Together.

The teacher who had the biggest impact on me and why:

My daughter Amber-from the moment she was born through today I learn more from Amber hands down than from any other teacher Iíve ever had.

If you were dictator and had total control, tomorrow education would:

Overthrow me because I donít believe in a dictatorship model. It would enable teachers everywhere to become empowered, self-directed learners who work collaboratively to leave a legacy on behalf of the children they serve.

If you could live anywhere other than where you are, it would be:

Byron Bay, Australia.

The biggest problem with K-12 education is:

20th Century mindsets.

Do you have a motto you live by?

None of us is as smart as all of us.

I've always wanted to visit:

Yellowstone National Park.

What are your most treasured possessions?

My four dachshunds.

If you never had to worry about making money, what would you do?

Buy a zoo or live on a farm.

What kind of kid were you in high school?

A free-spirited one.

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

Balance in all things.