It's kind of fun to do the Impossible! -Walt Disney (Artist, Animator, Entrepreneur, Inventor)
Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ as a Q&A with Sarah Jean -never SJ)
Q. Why do you go by Sarah Jean? A. Because that is my name.
Q. What is your favorite color? A. Pink, Brown, Green, and Plaid.
Q. Plaid isn't a color. List three adjectives that describe you. A. That isn't a question. Nerdy, Creative, and Teachery.
Q. "Teachery?" What is your favorite season, and why? A. I was showing my creativity. I could've said "plaid" again. I love Autumn, because my birthday is in September, it is when school starts, the leaves change color, and the weather is perfect. Also, I love sweaters and scarves!
Q. "The weather is perfect?" What do you like to do for fun? A. Are you going to question everything I say? I like to read, play board, games, card games, & some video games. My main hobby is researching medieval history, dressing like a Norse-woman (Viking), and attending SCA events. I also love working with children. I'm an active member of Pi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.
Q. What do you like to read? What is your favorite book? A. I do not have a favorite book! I enjoy Teacher Memoirs (The Essential 55 by Ron Clark, I am a Pencil by Sam Swope, My First Year as a Teacher edited by Pearl Rock Kane, etc.); Fictional Teacher Tales (Learn Me Good by John Pearson, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, etc.); Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction (mostly Medieval European History, and American History), Urban Fantasy (especially the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs), Post-Apocalyptic novels (my favorite from this genre is The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson), Young Adult, Independent Reader, and Romance. I also collect Picture Books.
Q. Harry Potter!? What games do you like to play? A. Yes, Harry Potter is as much about the teachers as it is Harry & pals. I am a casual video gamer, but I love board and card games. My current favorites are Sushi Go, Qwelf, Scattergories, Bananagrams, and Rory's Story Cubes.
Q. Medieval Research for fun? Dress like a Viking? SCA what? A. Yes. I explain it a bit more on the It Takes My Child to Raze a Village page. I would like to pause here for a moment and share some knowledge. Vikings NEVER wore horns on their helmets. Don't believe me? ScienceNordic, Wikipedia, About.com, and even the aliens-created-everything History Channel say the same thing! Vikings also were very clean as a people, the men kept their hair short, and they LOVED color!!! They even made purple dye out of lichen! (Purple was traditionally very expensive and only for nobility in the Medieval World.)
Q. I'm still in shock about that Horn revelation. Last question, what is something that you spend a lot of time thinking about? A. Is that really a "frequently asked question?" Q. No, but, I'm curious. A. Hmmm. . . Modifying medieval skills to be appropriate to modern children, my future classroom, and teachers I have encountered who were either amazingly terrible or so wonderful that finding words to describe them is difficult. And how very much I want to be the latter.