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If you weren't in education, what do you think you'd be doing and why?
I would probably have gone into agriculture research or sustainable farming practices for developing nations.
The teacher who had the biggest impact on me and why:
I had a string of science teachers that really made it come alive for me. Mr. Jessop in 7th grade, Mr. Brown in 8th grade, Miss Slawinski in 9th grade, and Dr. Smith in 10th grade. They all poured their hearts into teaching and it stuck with me, even until today.
If you could live anywhere other than where you are, it would be:
I would go back to Asia in an instant. The Korean people are so welcoming and the culture is so rich, I really miss it on some days.
Do you have a motto you live by?
I don't think it is a set motto, but if I had to put it into words, I would say "Always be failing at something." As long as we're failing, that means we're trying new things, taking risks, and learning from our mistakes.
If you never had to worry about making money, what would you do?
I would want to travel and work on developing new models for school. Teaching other teachers has become somewhat of a passion for me. If that doesn't work, I would probably sit back with some coffee and read Malcolm Gladwell books.
What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?
Remember that kids are reaching out to us, whether or not they (or we) really know it or feel it. We need to be in a place emotionally and mentally where we can reach back to just one. To that one child, it might be all the difference.