There is so much I want to know.
So much I want to find.
I wonder about wondering.
I'm told I was born wanting to know. Wanting to find. My favorite book was Curious George.
After my parents divorced, my mom drove her U-Haul truck up Hwy 5 to the only nursing program of 10 that let her in: Napa Valley. Back then it was not the famous and romantic Napa that it is today. But it was a good place to land and call home.
Mom and friends she found started a Waldorf and Montessouri-inspired school that the kids named "Silver Pony". That's right, the kids had a say!
Perhaps it was due to the utopian elementary school experience that I had positive associations with schooling and earned almost straight A's all the way through middle and high school.
I got accepted into UC Berkeley right out of high school, and it was a good thing because in-state tuition was affordable for this lower-middle class family. And I still needed loans. And yet, I was pretty lucky to be going to the best public school in the country, famous for Nobel Peace Prize winners and student activists.
I earned a teaching credential, taught History, Government and Psychology for several years, and was a school counselor, and director
I went to Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Master's Degree and Columbia Graduate School of Education and Psychology for an Ed.D.
Then I went into leadership in education (trained teachers, directors and Superintendents), specialized in the use of historical films and documentaries for learning, and finally ended up as a documentary filmmaker.
And her I am today, making this film.