What is your favorite hobby?
Travel. I love experiencing different cultures and seeing the many wonders in our world. I have visited over fifty countries and am always looking forward to my next trip.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Calmness. I rarely get rattled, and even when I do, nobody around me knows it.
Who is your favorite superhero?
I would have to say Iron Man. I respect his ability to use intellect to put himself on a level playing field with many other Marvel characters who all have “unnatural” powers of some kind.
Who is your favorite real-life hero?
My mother. She has lived with multiple sclerosis most of her adult life and is also a cancer survivor. She raised my brother and me on her own and, in recent years, cared for my grandmother until she passed from Alzheimer’s disease. You would never know anything has been difficult from talking to her, though. Her constant desire to help others, her cheery disposition, and her positive outlook in the face of adversity is as heroic as it gets.
What is your motto?
“Treat others as you wish to be treated.” I try to consistently remind myself of this. I also say it often enough that my students tend to know how strongly I feel about it.
How did you earn your first dollar?
When I was about seven years old, I picked all the dandelions out of my yard and put them into a
bucket. I went door-to-door and tried to sell them to my neighbors. Nobody wanted to purchase these “beautiful, yellow flowers,” but several neighbors paid me to pick the dandelions from their yards. I was confused but was left with some money for the ice cream truck.
Why did you pursue a career in leadership and education?
I believe there is no greater way to impact our world than through education. I went into leadership because I saw very early in my career the dramatic (positive or negative) impact that leaders have on schools. Without proper administrative support, teachers can’t thrive; and if teachers aren’t thriving, children can’t reach their potential.
What is a personal rule that you never break?
I am a stickler for being on time. If you are meeting me somewhere, you’ll probably find me there waiting when you arrive.
What else should AOS families know about you?
I am naturally an introvert. This often surprises people because I enjoy public speaking and have held very “social” positions for most of my career. While this makes me less aggressive about jumping into social situations, I really do love chatting; so please come say hi!