I feel deeply, live intensely, and dream voraciously. I love to play tennis, hike through wooded trails, and wander through cities far from home. Colleagues and friends are often surprised to learn that I throw a mean fastball and have zero sense of direction. People often describe me as sensitive, and they invariably remark on my broad smile, curly hair, and quiet persuasiveness. Family, friends, and a commitment to life-long learning form the center of my world. Although I love to write, I find that teaching is my passion. Nurturing students’ enthusiasm, curiosity, and sense of wonderment brings me tremendous fulfillment, as does participating in the effort to build a self-conscious community. Although I have spent nearly a decade enjoying the sophistication of east coast living, I find “Southern hospitality” parallel, in some ways, to the down-to-earth feel of my Midwestern hometown. I value neighborhood Little Leagues, backyard barbecues, and the idea of saying “hello” to strangers. I do miss Boston’s museums and restaurants, but I am nonetheless delighted to call Columbia home.