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If you weren't in education, what do you think you'd be doing and why?
I would have been a beach bum and Iím still aiming for this career change ;-)
When you were a kid, you wanted to be a ______? Why?
A kid and never grow up! I still have that Peter Pan syndrome. When youíre a kid you donít worry so much about what people think. You live your life by simple rules, like playing and enjoying what you love to do. You are sensitive about hurting those you love and you are full of curiosity. I never want to lose these traits.
What's your idea of happiness?
Being with Rosco, my pug, on a beach, listening to Maria Callas or Nina Simone and enjoying the gift of life.
Twitter changed my life because:
I wouldnít have met so many incredible friends who I have been able to visit and learn from. Since joining Twitter, I have traveled so much more to meet my online friends and have had incredible learning experiences.
What are your favorite books and authors?
I love many books and authors. I spend a lot of time reading. A few of my favorites are The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley, and The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo.
The teacher who had the biggest impact on me and why:
My father, who taught me that education could break generational cycles and perpetuate new cycles and that is always my aim as an educator. My fatherís goal in life was that his five daughters would all graduate from college and break the poverty cycle that had existed for generations. All five of us graduated from college and now my nieces and nephews are preparing to attend college.
The biggest problem with K-12 education is:
That the ones most impacted by education policy (students, parents, and teachers) are not the ones who get to create the policy.
Do you have a motto you live by?
I have many mottos I live by. Love the life you live, live the life you love, by Bob Marley; Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle, by Plato; Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do, from the "Apple, Think Differently Ad;" To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be! From Miguel De Cervantes' Don Quixote of La Mancha; Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals, by Henry Ford.