I live in Mountain View. I was born and raised in the Midwest, but moved to California in 1988 when I took a sabbatical at Holy Names University in Oakland. I have been a teacher (mathematics and religion) my entire career, having been a member of the Christian Brothers order (FSC) for twenty-five years. I am currently working on integrating type theory into my work in the classroom. It makes perfect sense in so many ways – students learn to respect differences in the way people think and act, and they come to recognize there are different ways of learning as well.
Over the years, I have come to recognize the classroom as a “relational space” in which introverts and extroverts can experience how the other type approaches the world, and how judging and perceiving preferences generate different ways of getting started on a project or assignment. Intuitive and sensing types take in class activity (and teacher talk) in radically different ways. My dream is to share this experience with other teachers in a professional setting. Type theory contains life lessons as well as psychological concepts! Len Tallevi, Elizabeth Murphy and Jane Kise have been wonderful colleagues regarding the application of type in the classroom setting.
I have been drawing since I first picked up a pencil. I taught myself to play the piano on my grandmother’s piano when our growing family moved into her house when I was six. I taught myself to play the pipe organ at the Cathedral in St. Joseph, Missouri when our music director moved away after thirty years. I didn’t take piano lessons until I was in college – my ear had gotten me quite far and it was a genuine struggle to learn how to read the notes on a page! I have also been singing since being a member of the children’s choir at our parish, and currently sing in a choir at the Mission Church at Santa Clara University.
Since graduation from college I have earned two master’s degrees and have developed interest in reading further in science and history as well as mathematics, education and psychology. My art is expressed in the form of graphic design work these days. I created the current BAAPT logo as well as the original design of the BAAPT webpage and many signs and posters over the years. I attend the symphony as often as I am able. There is nothing like a live performance of music – it is so much richer than just listening!
BAAPT has been an incredible resource for further professional development over the years, and I am currently finishing up my hours for a MBTI® Master’s Practitioner credential.