Day job/ career:
Math education. After 32 years of teaching high school mathematics, I have been working part time as a math coach. Residential construction has been a parallel vocational passion for me and building fills my days when I am not working with teachers.
How did you become involved with Our Community Listens?
My daughter encouraged me to take the class. She told me that I would appreciate the structure and content of the 3-day course. In retrospect, I think she had hoped that given the tools to fix a few of my foibles, I would. I love the structure and content and am still working with the tools.
What is your hope for Our Community Listens?
I hope that Our Community Listens will be a tool that will enable trust and rapport to grow within our places of work, our homes and our communities. I believe the class creates the framework for people to become enlightened-empowered-engaged sojourners toward this hope.
How do you most often find yourself using what you learned in CST?
When I build authentic, empathic connections through reflective listening and couple that with my desire to create others-centered leadership, I handle things better. Learning why and how to enter confrontation with grace, instead of swinging bats of silence, sarcasm or anger to demand change in others has been reshaping my life as well.
What are three things that make you smile?
- Ice cream