What is your favorite weekend activity?
Traveling and exploring new places, hiking, yoga, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends. Since moving to the Southwest I'm also trying my hand at learning to ski as well.
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
Anthony Bourdain. I got hooked on his books and shows right around college, and he inspired me to get out and see the world from a perspective that wasn't discussed at that time. He was a big believer in skipping the giant tourist spots and discovering a culture through food, storytelling, and hanging with the locals. I still try to travel with these ideas in mind.
Do you have any pets?
I have a fur-niece, Lola, who I adore, but currently no pets of my own. That being said, I often house and pet sit to get my fill of time with furry friends.
What inspires you in life?
Seeing the world and gaining a better understanding of various people and cultures. I truly believe understanding other groups and cultures will help solve some the world's most challenging issues. Learning and understanding others is a humbling experience.
Tell us about a teacher you had who meant a lot to you.
I was lucky enough to have a ton of teachers who meant a lot to me, and I still think of them when I teach (including using some of their activities!), but the one that always comes to mind is my 4th-grade teacher Mrs. Butler. She brought the classroom to life, including plays about the rainforest, building a life-sized sarcophagus, and digging in the dirt to understand erosion. I even remember tie-dying shirts for our field day to build spirit among the class.
What is your favorite book?
Just one? I'm a bookworm so it's hard to pick just one...there are far too many great books out there.
Is there anything you'd like to share about yourself?
Since moving back to the U.S. I've become a national park enthusiast. It's been a ton of fun to road trip and see the Southwest.