Q: How long have you lived in Greenwich?
A: 47 years.
Q: How do you think Greenwich has changed over the years?
A: More people, more traffic.
Q: Are you married?
Q: Are you retired?
A: Yes, in 2001.
Q: What did you do when you worked full time?
A: I was a teacher for 35 years in the public school system, and 40 years teaching altogether. For 31 of my 35 years I taught and administered the gifted-talented program or ALP (Advance Learning Program). I was teaching at the elementary level, in language arts, math, and science. The gifted-talented program evolved from kindergarten to sixth grade, to third to fifth grades. It's still going strong. Teaching is a very challenging profession and also a very rewarding profession. Today I read about my former students and hear about their successes from their parents.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned in your work?
A: To keep one step ahead of the kids.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: When my father went off to World War II when he was drafted, I grew up on the sea coast of New Hampshire and we went to York, Maine, in the summer. I remember there were German shepherd dogs serving as patrol dogs that went up and down the beaches looking for German submarines. One German submarine was detected off the Portsmouth Naval Yard in Kittery, Maine. That's why I later chose Maine to live in four months of the year. Read Full Article
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Volunteering. I'm a member of Second Congregational Church and have sung in the choir for 46 years. I serve on the music committee. I've been on the Church council and am now a deacon. Tonight we'll be feeding the hungry in Stamford on a Midnight Run mission. I'm a volunteer for Cos Cob Library. I really enjoy that. There's a wonderful staff with everyone making it a welcome place in the community. I joined the board in 2003, served as president for four years and am now secretary.
Q: Do you have a favorite sport?
A: Skiing as a young adult. I skied in our backyard in Dover, New Hampshire, and I skied in college. When I taught for three years in the American School in Berlin I found powder skiing in the Alps. Back in New Hampshire we used to describe our skiing places as boiler plate.
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: I don't have a favorite book. I'm interested in historical fiction and non-fiction history. I represent Cos Cob Library for the Greenwich Reads program. The books they select are really good selections. I've also been asked to be one of three judges of their high school essay competition by former Superintendent of Schools Ernie Fleischman. I'd do anything for him. He's the best superintendent I ever worked for in my 40 years of teaching.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: American and European Impressionists.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
A: Classical and choral music. I used to sing with the Greenwich Choral Society. I often sing with the St. Catherine of Siena's Festival Choir for their different productions. I listen to WQXR in the car.
Q: If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
A: Negotiate and compromise. And that's advice for all elected leaders. It's a necessity in these times.
Q: What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
A: Forty years of teaching in the gifted-talented program. I'm healthy and can do volunteering that I enjoy doing. In the spring I lead archeological digs for third-graders at Greenwich Audubon Center as part of the ALP program.
Q: If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
A: World peace.
Q: What, if anything, are you deeply concerned about?
A: People need to listen to and try to understand other people.
Q: Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
A: Get the best education you can. Be responsible for your actions, especially regarding social media.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: My good health and the people who I meet up with and see every day.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: To another midwinter and a beautiful spring, and going up to my house in Maine from the middle of June to mid-October to enjoy that part of the world.