I crave knowledge and information from all areas and I love to teach. I am a passionate linguist (speaking five languages- some better than others, and some with more confidence than others as well), and love to travel, and read, and watch TV, and all manner of things. I just have oh so many interests, so I probably will have something in common with just about anyone.
I've been here for 12 years, originally as a VISTA (bonus points for knowing what that is), then as a volunteer at the same project and graduate student, simultaneously. I've been an Adjunct Professor for five years now, building up a pretty diverse teaching portfolio. I teach such courses as American Government, Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education, Gender Studies, US History, The African-American Experience, World Religions, The Modern Novel, Basic Spanish, and the Politics of Industrializing Nations. I am finally teaching grad school now too, Leadership for Sustainable Communities, which is awesome. So yeah, I have a lot of interests. I'd teach even more classes if they'd let me.
Teaching is my passion, above all passions. It is my joy and my sanctuary. I can have a bad day, and then go to class to teach, and my mood will turn around completely.
If you see properly used commas, it is because I went back and inserted them, because every time I look at my profile I find areas where I should have used a comma and I feel compelled to insert it. I teach writing, so I model the revision skills, which I teach. If you happen to find a comma I missed, I will be immediately impressed!
My female friends (of course, those who are married or otherwise taken) say that I am brilliant, passionate, and a great conversationalist. I like to believe them, because it makes me feel good. ;)
I am a gentle soul and animals tend to love me, and rather quickly. This is how my FIRST cat came into my life. She just walked over and fell in love with me, and then I fell in love with her. Her little brother was chosen to complement her, but he loves me, too! :)
I can be a bit blabby, but don't mind being told to just be quiet, as long as it is done in loving way.
I like to give out five stars as much as I enjoy getting them! :)