Q: What made you want to teach at Washtenaw Community College, and how is it different from other schools?
A: So, I just one day happened to look and saw that Washtenaw was hiring, and I took some classes here a long time ago and really liked it and like the people that I worked with here. It’s different from other schools I’ve taught at, such as EMU, high schools and middle schools, because there’s a huge range of students, and that’s what I really like the most.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant and why?
A: I have a lot of favorite restaurants, and most of them are in Ypsi. I would say it’s Casablanca on Washtenaw right now. They’ve been around for a year, so that’s exciting. They’re really delicious.
Q: What is your motivation to get through the day and do your job?
A: Probably seeing my students and how they’re writing changes, and when they figure out something finally, I like to see that and help them get there.
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: I have a lot of hobbies, but one that I’m trying to get into a little bit more now is stuff with furniture. I’m reupholstering a chair right now, and I redid a dresser last summer, and I’m refinishing my great grandma’s kitchen table.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go and why?
A: I think I want to go back to Ireland again. It’s really pretty there and I have family there. I want to go back to the town my family is from just to sort of see what it’s like.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: That’s a difficult question. I have a lot of favorite books, but my favorite genre is “young adult science fiction.” I really like the author Libba Bray, she’s good.
Q: What kinds of music do you listen to the most?
A: I like really twangy country music, and classic rock. That’s probably what I listen to most.
Q: What current events are you most concerned about?
A: Right now, just everything with the election. That’s something that’s really interesting to me, especially since I’m also Canadian, so there’s lots of interesting things that happened in their recent election compared to our election.
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: I think I would just tell my younger self to make sure that I ask people more questions and engage with people more.
Q: What technological advancement are you most excited for?
A: I think it would be cool if I could get places a lot faster. I have family in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and that’s a 15-hour drive, so it would be nice to see them more frequently.