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?