Raquel: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What classes do you teach?
Ms. Foulkes: Well, let's see here. I teach Middle School Math and High School Biology for Calvert. It's my 6th year with Calvert, though the first 5 of them were with Colorado Calvert Academy where I was the Special Education Teacher, Student Success Specialist, and Math Interventionist.
Raquel: What did you want to do as a career when you were a high-schooler, and did you ever see yourself where you are now?
Ms. Foulkes: Psht. I had the worst career EVER. I think at some level, I was still holding out hope for being Tarzan. Apparently, I don't have the arms for it and there's a dreadful shortage of vines in most of the United States. There was a part of me that wanted to be a vet, part a fighter pilot, part a writer, part an entertainer...anything that wouldn't bore me and keep me challenged. I honestly don't think I thought much about wanting to do anything other than be remembered. So, a teacher and a writer/filmmaker is where I am.
Raquel: What is your favorite and least favorite aspect of being a teacher?
Ms. Foulkes: Favorite? Playing. Acting. To me, being in a classroom is my stage. I may translate that to in front of a camera (as opposed to behind it) some day, but for now, I'm perfect happy launching about classrooms and having my students question what's wrong with me (answer to that pop quiz-NOTHING) Least favorite aspect I guess is when kids give up. Heck, no one can take away from you your best effort. That's always yours and yours alone, no matter what happens or who says or does whatever. When kids quit, that bugs me. Course, then I typically stand on my head. Literally. I'm not kidding.
Raquel: Do you like to read? If so, what is your favorite book?
Ms. Foulkes: I realized the other day that I used to read a heckuva lot more than I do now. Not sure why, no excuses or anything, just sorta is. I do actually enjoy reading and have started getting back into it. I don't have a favorite book, but the one I just picked up this morning is very interesting. All about secret spy areas, blanks spots on the map, covert operations and stuff. It garners a few looks when I read it out in public (yeah, I'm looking at you, patrons of the DMV), but no more so than when I dance in the supermarket.
Raquel: Do you consider yourself an early bird or a night owl?
Ms. Foulkes: I consider myself waaaaaay too flighty for that sort of schedule (yuck yuck yuck, see what I did there?). It's all dependent upon my mood. I tend more towards extended periods of insomnia, where sleep and I are estranged and don't reconcile until the better part of a month has passed. I DO find that writing tends to flow more in the morning hours, between 2-7 am (and no, once it starts, you can't stop it). You'll explode. Like magic back-up on Fairly Oddparents. Poof! There went Ms. F.! How annoying is THAT when you have an 8 am meeting?
Interviewed by Raquel Martinez
What is your favorite part about teaching in general?
I enjoy empowering others with the analytical tools to solve problems. This ability can be used in various areas and may last a lifetime.
What did you want to do as a career when you were in high school?
I wanted to become a doctor or a teacher.
Do you have any particular hobbies or other interests?
I enjoy playing poker and watching educational videos on Khan Academy.
What kinds of music do you enjoy?
I enjoy reggae, alternative rock, and jazz.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go to Africa.
Raquel: When you were in high school, what did you want to do as a career and did you ever see yourself where you are now?
Mrs. Otero: Yes. I always liked teaching, so I always knew that I would do something related to teaching or to education.
Raquel: What is your favorite thing about your job?
Mrs. Otero: Oh, there are so many things about my job that I truly like. I like interacting with my students; I really like to challenge them. I just really enjoy teaching.
Raquel: Do you have any hidden talents beyond teaching?
Mrs. Otero: Oh, no I’m not good at cooking. But I’m really good at dancing, though I can’t sing either!
Raquel: What was your favorite part about living in Uruguay, and is there anything you miss about it?
Interviewed by Fatima Az-Zahraa Dadou
To get started, please tell a bit about yourself and how you became Executive Director at Calvert.
I studied film production and directing in my undergraduate university, but have always had an affinity toward education. I entered the field of education through a teacher program called Teach for America. I taught elementary school for a number of years before I delved into the world of online education and homeschooling as a curriculum specialist and instructional designer for a virtual school. I enjoy thinking outside the box and developing creative paths for students to learn through technology and non-traditional classrooms. I was attracted to Calvert because it provides a rigorous academic program with a legacy of success and student achievement. I assumed the role of School Administrator (Principal) of the Calvert Academies in late August, and I am thrilled to be a part of a thriving new addition to Calvert.
What are some of the roles you have at Calvert and which do you enjoy?
I began working for Calvert Education in 2009 as a Senior Instructional Designer and Manager of Curriculum Development. In these roles, I developed interactive lessons and activities, and I oversaw all the writing of new courses and enhancements to existing courses in Calvert’s K-8 program.
In 2012, I began working for Maryland Public Television, and then returned to Calvert in April of 2015 in the role of Curriculum Manager, where I continue to oversee the development of Calvert courses. I enjoy this work because it allows me to be creative about how best to deliver and support learning for students.
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