I was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. I briefly attended West Chester University before transferring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During college I ski raced, was a member of the cycling team, was the Vice President of the college Outing Club, and began coaching a local high school lacrosse team. Toward the end of my senior year of college I decided to purse a Masters in Education. After earning my M.Ed., I took a job working in a college admissions office - which I did for five years before coming to Dublin.
What book has made you think the most? It’s so hard to pick a single book; every book I read causes me to think and I always find something new to ruminate on when I revisit a book. With that stated, the book that has caused me the most perturbation over the years – and I think mental unease is important to reach new insights – has been Ulysses. I’ve picked up Joyce’s novel multiple times over the last decade, chipping away a little at a time. It’s so dense and there is so much going on that I become worn out and retreat to something easier. Annotated versions are particularly challenging. There are so many allusions and cultural references that a reader gets sucked down one rabbit hole after another making it hard to find the way back to the original text. It’s a constant challenge, but that’s the point of a book that makes you think, right?
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? I’d want to have super intelligence and super strength…a nice mix of Xavier from X-Men and Superman
What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special? My 4th and 5th grade teacher, Mr. Hoffman, had a huge impact on my life. He was the first teacher that I really connected with and he was also the first teacher that went above and beyond to help me. He set a high standard for me and asked me to set a high standard for myself. He also spent time during recess and after school helping me with topics I was struggling on in class. He pushed me to work hard and to expect more out of myself and I often think about how positive an impact he made in my life.
How would your friends describe you in 3 words? verbose, exuberant, entertaining
You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why? John Maynard Keynes, John Irving, & Sir Ernest Shackleton
John Maynard Keynes dabbled (and excelled) in so much over his life – economic theory, politics, stocks…I’d enjoy asking him about Hayek and for his thoughts on current economic issues. As an added bonus, Keynes as been described as incredibly charming and social so with him around the dinner party would be a guaranteed good time.
I’d like to chat with John Irving about how he became interested in writing and how he develops his characters. I really enjoy that Irving is simultaneously a huge jock (he was a wrestler and is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame) and an artist. I’d also like to ask Irving why bears are a recurring theme in his novels. Plus, he’s a New Hampshire native so we can chat about our great state.
Shackleton is one of the greatest explorers of all time. His expedition with the Endurance in 1915 and the incredible journey that followed the crew’s abandoning of the ship is just epic (a word thrown around too casually in most cases, but well-deserved here). Sitting around a dinner table while Shackleton shared harrowing stories of adventure would keep any party guest enthralled.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? I’ve been told I resemble Eric Bana, so I suppose he would be my choice. Although, I like the idea of a young Bill Murray (think Caddyshack, Stripes, Meatballs era)