What type of music do you listen to? Favorite artists?
I love blues — Robert Johnson, John Mayall, anything Clapton. Rock — Pink Floyd, the older Chicago stuff and am a big Skynyrd fan. Classical — Johann Strauss Jr, Vivaldi, Handle and all the baroque stuff. I think Tom Waits is America’s greatest living poet.
How do you dress when you aren’t in the classroom?
In a straightjacket.
What is one thing that your students would never guess about you?
I use to have long blond hair down to the shoulders.
What is your favorite food(s)?
What type of jobs did you do in high school or college?
Home building — a framer.
Do you collect anything?
You should see my extensive collection of gravel. It is exquisite. I even have a beautifully exotic sample found in the tire tread of a car parked in the lot of the Costco in Stockton. It’s a granite piece and has all the qualities that make great samples great.
What is your favorite television show?
I.D. and the History Channel.
What is something that upsets you?
Assaults on our constitutional rights.
How would you describe a perfect day?
On the beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico with my three girls.
What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
Where is the best place you’ve ever visited? Why?
Jerusalem, Israel. I spent a year teaching English to Palestinian students and lived within walking distance to all the biblical sites from the stories I was raised on. One of the most spiritual places I have ever been. The mix of Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures is unbelievable. The Red Sea beaches in Eilat aren’t too shabby either.
What is your best student success story?
I had a student who wrote me a note after I left Seattle. He told me he had been accepted to Annapolis and that I had inspired him to always achieve his best. He thanked me for being part of his success story. Our students accomplish a lot and we teachers don’t often get to hear about it when they do.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
What was something that you got in trouble for when you were a kid?
My parents and I were at a book and bible store when I was about 5 and I stole a pale blue pocket knife. It had the cross of Jesus on it. You know you’re going to get busted stealing something like that! My dad didn’t find out until we got home. He drove me back, made me confess to the clerk and give it back. The funny thing is is that the clerk wanted to give it to me for being so honest. Dad said no.
What song is on your ipod that no one would guess is there?
"Grace Kelly" by Mika.