33 Baltimore, United States
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My self-summary
I taught middle school science and math for the last 8 years. I'm transitioning from teacher back to student now. I like that my work has a purpose (or at least I perceive that is has a purpose) -- not sure I'd be motivated otherwise. I enjoy food, drinks, adventure -- typical in this space it seems, but that makes sense given that the food is vital and the last two are just fun.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on a PhD in education. Traveling when possible. Deciding what to cook. I stated rock climbing a few months ago and I'm hooked.
I’m really good at
Talking -- I was recently described as a conversationalist. Observing, noticing odd stuff, and then (possibly) pointing it out for further discussion and analysis. Recognizing faces. Laughing. Related: finding humor in just about anything (I can be serious too, but I'm usually still laughing on the inside).
The first things people usually notice about me
I laugh a lot and sometimes loudly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Fiction: Slaughterhouse V, Cat's Cradle, Moby Dick, 1Q84, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Catch-22, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Skinny Legs and All, Jitterbug Perfume, Of Mice and Men
Non-fiction: Shapes, Flow, Branches, Nature's Patterns, a Tapestry in three Parts; The Selfish Gene; In Defense of Food; The Book of Basketball
Movies: Brazil; Blazing Saddles; There Will Be Blood; The Big Lebowski; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; The Godfather Part I & II; Annie Hall; Hook
The six things I could never do without
Thinking. Books. Bah, I have a hard time not answering this in a literal-I-need-water-to-survive kind of way, which I understand is not very interesting, but I'm not attached to anything all that much that I could NEVER do without it. Moving on...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to fix education. What questions should we be asking that will help us to fix education. How to measure educational outcomes. What is the purpose of public education? Whatver is happening around me (e.g. the snow was sticking on the grass, but not the side walk -- why?).
On a typical Friday night I am
Going out or staying in. Likely with a scotch or bourbon in hand.
You should message me if
You want to explore Baltimore (I'm new to the city), have conversations ranging from inane to vitally important, see an odd show, get outside, participate in ab-building laughter, with the possibility that we get along and want to make more of it.