How long have you been instructing?
My BA is in Education and I aspired to be a teacher right out of college. I was offered a contract but it was rescinded so that a returning Vietnam Veteran could be re-employed/employed. So I went into corporate America where I worked in management for 15 years. When my husband retired the first time we moved to the Central Coast and I decided to finally use my degree in education and go back into teaching. I achieved my MBA and have been teaching at the college level for 15 years. 15 must be my lucky number!
Favorite part of instructing?
That is a tough question because there is so much I enjoy about teaching. My favorite part would have to be working with students and helping facilitate their development into adults with successful futures.
What classes/field do you specialize?
I believe I specialize in education, business, career development and emotional intelligence.
What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
Surround yourself with positive, goal oriented peers who understand the value of education. Don’t be too cool…keep it real.
What is your spirit animal and why?
I actually took a spirit animal test on line to answer this question. Interestingly enough I have always found these animals fascinating and have even had some nest in my yard. The test results speak for themselves:
Owl By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor
The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life.
What hashtag best describes you?
#BeYourOwnWizard, it is my personal philosophy.
As you know the last class assignment (on the last day of my classes) is: Be Your Own Wizard. I explain the assignment this way: in the story The Wizard of Oz Dorothy searches for a way home after riding a tornado to Munchkinland, her new friends the Scarecrow is searching for a brain, the Tin Man is searching for a heart, and the Lion is searching for courage.
After an arduous journey along the Yellow Brick Road (complete with mad witches and flying monkeys) they arrive at the Emerald City…home of the Wizard of Oz. The Wizard is a scary entity appearing to them in the form of a large head surrounded by smoke and fire. Before he will grant their desires of a brain, a heart, courage and a trip home he demands the incredible task of securing the broom of the wicked witch they had encountered on their journey.
Long story short: the broom is secured but the Wizard refuses to give them their rewards, Toto the dog reveals the Wizard to be an old man who has no special powers. The Wizard does provide symbols of what they want in the form of a diploma for the Scarecrow, a medal of courage for the Lion, and a ticking clock for the Tin Man. He tells them they always had what they were searching for…and proved it on their journey and in securing the witch’s broom. Dorothy is told she simply has to click the heels of the ruby slippers she has had all along to get back home.
The symbolically conveyed morale of the story is: We all have gifts and the power to find them on our personal journey. Once we realize that we become our own Wizard, capable of living our authentic life.
What would you be if you weren’t a professor?
In this life I believe teaching is my destiny…but I always say in my next life I will either be a neurological researcher or a forensic psychiatrist …because I am fascinated by what makes people tick.
What do you do in your free time?
I like to spend time with my kids and grand kids, I enjoy traveling with Mr. Wright, spending time with friends over a good dinner, or sitting in my backyard and reading.
Favorite movie of all time?
The Wizard of Oz of course
If you were an ag commodity, what you be and why?
Cheese Curds…you will know why when you taste them…they are wonderful.