SA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?
MF: Sewickley Academy's Early Childhood (EC) program matches perfectly with my experience, hopes, and dreams. I am so very excited to work with an entire team of EC devoted to advocating for the whole child.
SA: What motivated you to become a teacher or to work in education?
MF: I was inspired by my amazing first-grade teacher, Julia Brewer. Even after moving to a new state for second grade, she continued to write me letters. We remained in contact for over 30 years.
SA: What do you enjoy most about teaching or working in education?
MF: Working with young children, I am in awe of their ingenuity and insatiable curiosity. Every day includes the unexpected and amazing.
SA: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?
MF: More than anything, I wish for my students to learn to see themselves as scientists. Every action, conversation, and idea is an experiment. Mistakes are how we test the experiment to make decisions about what to do next. There is no failure, only more data.
SA: How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?
MF: Ask questions, wonder, and strive to grow. I'm always analyzing my practice, reading current EC research and personal accounts. I've attended many education conferences across the U.S. and Canada. My favorite have been those of Learning & The Brain and the bi-annual Children & Nature Network conferences. I also daydream about visiting EC programs from Scotland, New Zealand, Anji County (China), and Reggio Emilia (Italy.)
SA: Favorite book as a child?
MF: "Saturday the Twelfth of October" by Norma Fox Mazer
SA: Favorite book as an adult?
MF: Anything in the Sci-fi genre.
SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?
MF: Camping, crocheting (amigurumi), and reading epic Sci-fi series.
SA: What are you most looking forward to this school year?
MF: Learning with my new Early Childhood team!