Your Turn

Your Turn/Emily Pool

Posted: May. 19, 2019 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. If you know me, I'm exactly where I knew I'd be. I love learning and always have wanted to be a teacher. I can't imagine being in any other business.

What would you rather be doing right now? If it's warm, gardening. If it's cold, creating something on the computer or maybe napping.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I played the tuba in high school and was president of chemistry club.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Being recognized with a Golden Apple Award for teaching. I love my sweet kids.

It really stinks when ... people don't use crosswalks on busy streets. I always worry about someone getting hit.

I always laugh when ... I hear a terrible pun.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My grandma Ginny, so I could talk with her again. Ben Franklin. That guy had so many ideas -- I wonder what we could have made plans about. Jesus. I think he could answer a lot of questions.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... nap, with a nice cozy blanket and the dog.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... nice, but a bit of a nerd.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... at a kitchen and bath show, I met Tom Silva from PBS "This Old House." The Northeastern accent is real.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... be with my sister, my nieces and nephews. Or maybe if I received front-row concert tickets.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... climb a tall tower, ropes or no ropes. Nope. No way. Something like what the cellphone tower workers have to do, there is no way I would ever do that.

America should be more concerned about ... education funding. I believe all growth, change and greatness starts with learning and knowledge. Education needs to be funded to keep great facilities, critical learning tools, professional development for teachers, resources to increase teachers going into the field, research methods that lead to student growth and increase technology (and technology training).

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... books. I have books at home, books in my office, books at school, books in my car. To my husband's dismay, I keep buying more. But you never know what one book might interest a kid or their teacher.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Twitter for teaching resources, tips, ideas and current research. Just can't keep me away from thinking school stuff. "Ditch That Textbook," "Shakeup Learning," Alice Keeler, Jake Miller, The Cult of Pedagogy, I could go on.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." From my grandma Ginny's needlework print, and her theory on life.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Pearl Jam, podcasts on education and maybe Clark Howard or Dave Ramsey.

I always get sentimental when ... my girls do a random act of sweetness -- an unexpected note, a kind deed. Or also running into former students. My heart just fills up with joy when I see them growing up and succeeding.

The older I get, the more I realize ... time is short, and stress isn't worth it.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... not take it. Everything I am, who I've become, is because of the choices I have made. My life is blessed beyond measure, and if there is an oops, fix it, figure a new plan or forget about it. Try to live in the present tense.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I have a pair of fuzzy, neon tie-dye pajama pants and purple fuzzy socks that go with it. I can twin with my besties -- we all have a pair -- and they are seriously cozy warm and comfy.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that there is always more to learn. I don't like to go a day without learning something that will make the world a better place, or some fun useless piece of knowledge to help my trivia game.

Emily Pool, 39, is the wife of Nate, mom of two girls, Madeline and Aubrey, and a third-grade teacher at Rooney to 22 sweet kiddos. (Go Foxes!). Pool grew up in Springfield, went to Illinois College and landed in Q-town for jobs (thanks Hayes and QFD).