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My self-summary
Still under construction.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm always a work in progress. I teach 6th grade, but I'm hoping to transfer to 7th & 8th grade math. (This English major has way more fun teaching Pythagoreas than Shakespeare.) I'm completing the work for a national certification in middle school math education. I'm also working on getting back in shape after recent ACL reconstruction surgery. I'm really looking forward to getting back to my full activity level by fall. This summer, I want to start learning how to take decent pictures.
I’m really good at
Explaining things, creating things, working with childen and animals, unjamming copy machines, being silly, being serious.
The first things people usually notice about me
Um...they have to look down to see me? I have been told I have dancing eyes and a great smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Just about anything except technical manuals. A Tale of Two Cities, The Dollmaker, The Sparrow, Best Hikes with Dogs, Victorian Conundrums (puzzles and problems), Ella Minnow Pea (It's an English geek thing.), poetry by Billy Collins (He cracks me up.), The Time Traveler's Wife. I also read a lot of childrens' and young adult books. Hunger Games was amazing; I still haven't seen the movie.

Movies: The Princess Bride, Monsters, Inc., When Harry Met Sally, Fried Green Tomatoes, Psycho, The Incredibles, Chicago. I generally do not enjoy action films filled with violence; although, Kill Bill was a hoot.

Shows: I haven't watched television in over ten years and don't own a TV, so this is a hard one. I used to enjoy Black Adder, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and, years ago, Get Smart. I do listen often to several radio shows on NPR: Radio Lab, Selected Shorts, LA Theater Works, Moth Radio.
Six things I could never do without
My family, friends, animals, books, sunshine, and garlic.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to help my students see possibilities in their lives and how to prepare them to create their own possibilities. How to create more balance in my life. Finding answers to all of my I wonder and how come questions. Figuring out life's little mysteries, such as why I have so many tupperware containers without lids. (The desert-dwelling plasticback tortoises must have come looking for spare parts.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Dancing! That is my first choice, once I get the okay from the doctor. Or I could be at the theater or symphony or hanging out with friends. And every once in a while, you'll find me curled up with a cup of tea and a mind-candy mystery novel to recover from a long week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been seen dancing in a grocery store aisle.
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