One of my daughter's friends told me he found my webpage - but that is was "way boring" and just had "braggy" stuff on it.
All right, already! Here goes something non-braggy...
I have been married for 35 blissful years – 35 out of 40 isn't bad, huh? (Just kidding.) Of course, I got married when I was 5 - making me 35 (yet again). Many of you know that my husband and I both teach computer science - and have wondered how we met. (You can't ask Steve, as he has had the story wrong for years).
We met in church. Steve and I grew up in
We both were math majors at the time. We got married after our Junior year -
and graduated together. Our senior year Steve took one CS class and decided to
change majors and get a PhD. We spent an extra year for him to change majors
and then were off to
(If you are actually reading this - you probably need therapy. ;-) )
I got my BS in math-CS-statistics education and student taught at Sky View. (Gene Underwood, Mike Windham, Joe Elich, and Tony Bringhurst were all professors of mine at USU.) I taught Math 101 my senior year at USU (as they were short of graduate students). After teaching at the college level, student teaching was a major disappointment. With the extra year at USU, I picked up a master degree in mathematics (which has always been my first love) while teaching Math 105 on assistantship.
I guess I can attribute my career to both my parents. Whenever I would come home from high school saying I could take this wonderful course in basket-weaving or adult lifestyles, Dad would say, "There will be lots of time to take classes like that. Now you need to take math, physics, chemistry." When I was a child, I thought my father was the most educated person on earth - always studying, always learning. As an adult, my impression of him hasn't changed.
Once I got to college, Dad was department head of the Statistics-Computer Science department. Whenever I couldn't get a class I needed, Dad would say, "I can get you into programming or algorithms or some other CS class." I literally took almost all of my undergraduate computer science just because I couldn't get the classes I wanted. (I thought computer science was BORING! In fact, I was so convinced I would never need computer science - I let male friends in the class do all my debugging for me. I had blond hair to my waist and played dumb quite effectively.)
I have always loved school, but I think I drove my teachers nuts. I asked a
I had several classes from my Dad. For those of you who think having a course from your Mom or Dad would be so easy - think again. It is the worst! They always expect you to be the very best and think you should catch on immediately. They will never answer the question you ask, but make you derive the whole theory from prehistoric times.
I taught for five years at
While in graduate school, I only had one class from my husband - compilers. It was a real killer - as it was a single semester long and I didn't know C when I started. Many an evening I would be working into the wee hours of the morning and try to get Steve to answer my questions as he snoozed in front of the TV. The latest I have ever stayed up programming is 2 a.m. - I've never spent an all-nighter at the lab. (I somehow feel that my education is incomplete.) But the 2 a.m. sessions were practically a nightly occurrence in compilers.
It was that semester that Steve went to the department head and confessed he had gotten one of his student's pregnant. The department head was quite beside himself - until he realized I was the pregnant student. Our only son was born two days before finals. I really shocked my professor by showing up for the final. I figured he would be so impressed he would give me an `A' regardless of how I performed. It was a gamble that paid off.
People often ask me how I went to graduate school with five kids! I realize they really don't want an answer. But there is an answer.
I always hate it when people ask me what I do in my spare time. I used to say, “I don't have any spare time. I claim I like to cook - but my family cites evidence to the contrary. I love music. Whenever you come by my office you will notice I am listening to classical music. I have been listening to it for ten years hoping I would develop a taste for it - but so far it hasn't worked. I do find it great background music. I hate football and faculty meetings. I like talking, hiking, biking, shopping, water skiing, watching the kids play sports and perform (ballet, flute, clarinet, sax). I love plays, good movies and brainteasers. Probably my favorite thing to do it teach! But - just like you I get discouraged. I always figure if the days I don't want to quit outnumber the days I do - that it has been a good week.” Now, I actually have spare time. I hardly know what to do with it, but I’m learning. I have decided I must have a life and interests of my own – outside of family, work, students, and even grandchildren (I have two with one more on the way). I am still trying to find a hobby I’m passionate about.