Each Friday, we are introducing one of our outstanding Osprey faculty/staff members. This week, meet Ms. Pearl, a 6th grade science teacher.
Who is your role model, and why?
Answer: My role model has always been Alice Paul. She is a famous woman suffragette who grew up in my town of Mt Laurel New Jersey. She was present when the 19th amendment was signed into Law. She fought for what is right and just in the world.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Answer: My most significant accomplishment has been receiving the Presidential Gold volunteer award for the past 7 years for volunteering over 250 hours per year in my community.
What’s your spirit animal?
Answer: My spirit animal is the Quokka which is small marsupial that is found in Rottnest island in Australia. It is the happiest animal in the world and has no natural predators. It has the softest fur and is still curious about its environment. It looks to find a new place every night to explore.
Who was your favorite teacher?
Answer: My favorite teacher growing up was my science teacher Mr Bittle who showed me the different ways genetics applies to everyday life. It sparked my interest in Science and what all the possibilities could be.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
My bucket list is extremely long, but I am slowing crossing off each one. One, I would like to enjoy a full moon festival in Thailand. Two, I would like to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef. Three, I would like to visit the Salt Flat in Bolivia.
Do you have any pets?
Answer: I have a wonderful cat named Zazzles who showed up on my door step 3 years ago. I also have two amazing hermit crabs that I have had for the ten years now. Their names are Bert and Ernie and they can live up to 20 years.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Answer: I would love to have met Margory Stoneman Douglas who was not only a woman’s Suffragette but also one of the great activist and pioneer for Florida Natural preserves. She worked hard to preserve and restore Florida’s Everglades. She changed the face of Florida’s landscape.
Before working at Oak Hammock, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Answer: Before I entered the teaching world, I worked at Walt Disney World for ten years. I started off working in Entertainment. I worked with various characters and enjoyed my time playing out some of my favorite Disney Movie scenes.
What do you like most about Oak Hammock?
Answer: I like that Oak Hammock is a true community school and celebrates the wonderful things that make it diverse.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Answer: “Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your faults.” Louisa May Alcott
What are three words that best describe you?
Answer: Quirky, Adventurous, Happy
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Answer: In my spare time, I enjoy crafting and painting. I am always finding a new project to do around the house. It is also a way that I find projects to do for my PBIS time.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Answer: The best place that I have traveled to in Hobbiton in New Zealand. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan and it was amazing, walking in the hobbit village. It was like walking into my favorite book and feeling like one the characters. It was an experience that truly made me happy. It also helped that New Zealand was immensely beautiful and lush.
Don’t forget to check back next week to meet another outstanding Osprey!