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Get to Know Your Head of Middle School
Isabelle Dom

Which living person do you most admire?
I’d probably have to go with Neil deGrasse Tyson because he makes science both cool and accessible to the public.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
People probably get tired of me saying, “You know what would make that better? Sparkles!”
What is your most marked characteristic? Compassion into action.

Who are your favorite writers?
I love to read mysteries and thrillers. Among many of my favorites are Tony Hillerman, Clive Cussler, Sue Grafton, and Michael Connelly. My favorite education blog is Cult of Pedagogy by Jennifer Gonzales. In the research world, Dacher Keltner is one of my heroes. I love to read his articles in Greater Good magazine, a publication by the Greater Good Science Center.

What is your motto?
“There is always some good to be found and always something for which to be grateful.”

Who is on the guestlist for your ideal dinner party?
My family (so they could meet all the interesting people), Nolan Ryan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Jimmy Carter, Malala Yousafzai, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michelle Obama, John McCain, Pierce Brosnan, and Billy Joel.

What quote do you live by?
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

What is one thing you wish you had known when you were younger?
“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart. I’m not sure I fully knew how important these things were until I was older.

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