1. What do you love the most about teaching (or working at HDS)? I love my colleagues. They're funny and caring, and there's always a good conversation happening in the faculty lounge. I also love seeing the smiling faces of my 22 second graders when I greet them at my sliding door every morning.
2. How would you describe yourself as a child? I was pretty independent. Growing up in a large family means you have to figure things out for yourself most of the time. I was also very social. I loved running around my neighborhood all day and night. Some days I'd only see my mom and dad at dinner time, and then I'd be out the door playing again. The 70s and 80s were a good time to be a kid.
3. Who is your inspiration? My freshman year English teacher probably had the most impact on my academic life. She taught me how to write, how to use the English language, and how to appreciate literature, especially poetry. She also stressed the importance of a strong vocabulary. Her words of advice went something like this: "Use a new vocabulary word three times and it's yours. You own it, and you'll use it for the rest of your life." It's the truth. Try it!
4. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while teaching (or at school)? A member of a singing group came up to me in the risers at assembly last year and starting singing "Earth Angel." It was a good thing my daughter wasn't at assembly. She would have been a hundred times more humiliated than I.
5. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I'm one of nine children, and we had family dinner almost every night of the week. If I never have to eat a chicken casserole again in my lifetime I'll be just fine.
_______________ This is Mrs. Porter's fourth school year and first year as a second grade lead teacher. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mrs. Porter graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor's degree in history. She received her master's degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2001. She is trained in Singapore Math and has attended the Reading and Writing Workshop Summer Institutes at Columbia University. Mrs. Porter lives in Costa Mesa with her family, and dog, Maggie. She loves her hometown teams and hopes to celebrate a Super Bowl victory for her beloved Buffalo Bills at least once in her lifetime.