Passionate: I am highly passionate about many things in life (children, teaching, family, photography, nature). I pour my heart and soul into these things and get extremely emotional regarding these topics.
Compassionate: I am very sympathetic to other people's struggles. Maybe because I have a history of serious clinical depression, I am always willing to 'walk in someone else's shoes' just for a moment.
Nurturing: When working with children, I am warm and nurturing, but still stern.
(Those are the answers I use when asked this question in interviews as well)
Everyone has many facets to their personality and I am no different. If I had to pick three words to describe my personality I would say:
- Caring. I put a lot of effort into making my children know that I care for them. I think my students know that too (on a different level, of course).
- Sloppy. This is sort of a negative way to put it, but I am not always as conscientious as I should be about getting things done. This is especially true of things that I do not think are important. I am always very bad about doing my classroom inventory at the end of each school year, for example.
- Content. I am very happy with my life just as it is.