What inspired you to support MOST by being a board member?
I’m all in on the mission of MOST… helping give parents the opportunity to send their children to schools that best fit their needs. It’s important to me that Memphis area children have equal access to all schools, regardless of where they live or family income.
When you think about on your own educational experiences, what you are most thankful for?
I am thankful that I was able to attend excellent schools that were a good fit for me. As a quieter person, a K-12 girls’ school and a small private college helped me learn and grow within my comfort zone. Smaller class sizes definitely benefitted me.
What advice would you give to MOST students to keep them engaged in learning through college and beyond?
Read newspapers/watch news/keep up with current events. I think we really have to use critical thinking skills to understand what is going on in the world around us today.
Tell us about an outstanding teacher in your life and how he or she influenced you.
My 5th and 6th grade English teacher taught us the importance of good grammar (the hard way…we diagrammed sentences back then) and a strong vocabulary. I think of her almost daily, like when I’m trying to decide whether to use “effect” or “affect” or “who” or “whom”.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the US Government to Bring Their Husbands Home. It’s about how wives of prisoners of war and missing in action soldiers in Vietnam transformed themselves from 1960’s housewives into political activists to help get their husbands home. I remember wearing POW/MIA bracelets as a middle schooler in the 1970s and it’s fascinating to read more about what happened and look back at that era from a historical perspective.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with some of my seven grandchildren, play golf or read.
Tell us something interesting that most people don’t know about you.