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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.