A little owl told me….by Kelly McRee
I had the pleasure this week of interviewing Sabra Lawson, our amazing Middle School ELA and SS teacher. This is Sabra's third year at ADS.
What is your favorite classroom ritual or routine that fosters classroom community? I tend to enjoy the unexpected discussions that spring up about books and other class topics, but often those discussions start with our Do-Nows, which are writing prompts or other activities we do to get class started.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? Ireland. It’s amazingly green, the people seem friendly, and I like their accents. I wish I had a more profound answer.
What is it that you do that gives you the most satisfaction? At work: Making students enjoy something they thought they would hate, like poetry. At home: Singing and writing songs.
Share a happy childhood memory. I used to stay at my grandma’s and try to tame her wild barn kittens. I wore long sleeves and long kitchen gloves. I basically just caught them and petted them until they loved me. It was a pretty sweet gig for an 8 year old once they did love me, not so much before then. She paid me a dollar per tamed kitten.
What is the most important quality to you in a relationship with someone else? How and why is it important to you?Acceptance/authenticity. A relationship where you have to apologize for being who you are or pretend to be someone else is no relationship at all. I think you have to accept the perceived flaws in those you love and just be yourself.
What are you grateful for in your life right now? My co-workers, my boyfriend, my health, my house, my students and their families, and the list goes on…
If you had an unexpected free day and could do anything you wished, what would you do? Head to the greenbelt with some friends or a book.
What is a favorite memory that you have of time spent in nature? Hiking Pacaya (an active Volcano) in Guatemala a few years ago. I ate lunch in the clouds, but my shoes melted a little. You can’t have it all.
Who inspires you? My mom. She gives all of herself to those she loves. She’s awesome, but she’s modest enough not to realize it.
What’s the last book that you couldn’t put down? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
“The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.”
A fine piece of literature.