I often say I 'make things pretty' because to me, the beauty is in finding solutions.
Describe yourself in 5 adjectives or less. Authentic, loyal, empathetic, funny, and insightful (I polled people).
What do you really do at EL? My inner designer is a problem solver. I balance our business and customer needs together in a succinct way so the message is clear, informative and beautiful. I often say I “make things pretty” because to me, the beauty is in finding solutions.
What do you like about working at EL? The people who work at ExploreLearning are thoughtful and kind. Also, STEM education is so important. Truth be told, these were my least favorite topics when I was in school. I wish we had interactive lessons then because I would have been a lot more interested.
What’s the most seriously fun thing you’ve ever done? Fun is subjective. I don’t have a “the one” instance of fun like climbing a mountain or skydiving. The most fun I have involves having deep conversations with people I love and getting to know what makes them tick. People are fascinating. Or maybe it was the time I decorated my office like a winter wonderland storefront. And definitely any time I am hanging out near water.
Tell us about one of your STEM mentors. Who inspired you, and how? Jessica Malaty Rivera, an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, did weekly Q&A’s throughout the Covid-19 pandemic that helped break down information in a more easily digestible way and was instrumental in providing information that gave people the tools they needed to make informed decisions. I know it personally provided me some solace during uncertain times.
Time travel… past or future? Past so I can visit with relatives that are no longer here.
Artificial intelligence… friend or foe? I hope friends since we will all be working as butlers for robots in the future.
Chemistry or Biology? Chemistry
Algebra or Geometry? Algebra
Learn a language or learn how to code? Learn to code
Deep space or deep sea? Deep sea
Bill Nye or Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Neil DeGrasse Tyson