Doug at Borderland sucked me into this:
1. I was going to be a professional photographer â€¦ I had been accepted to a photography school when I was asked by a friend to shoot publicity photos at the Outdoor Education camp he ran for 6 to 16 year olds. I went planning on staying for 2 days â€¦ I stayed for 4 weeks and the next 2 summers â€“ hiking, rock climbing, rope swinging, rope bridge building, survival training, nature interpretation â€¦ changed schools â€¦ became a teacher.
2. My last name is Crosby and I actually am related to Bing Crosby. Not a very close relation â€¦ my Dadâ€™s grandfather and Bingâ€™s grandfather were brothers. My dad and Bing worked at the same logging camps owned by their uncle Lloyd in Washington and Oregon during the depression â€¦ Bing didnâ€™t last long, found something else he liked better.
3. I like doing projects around the house â€“ building a deck, landscaping (not necessarily good at it, just like it) â€¦ I also like visiting national parks â€¦ so last summer when we â€œinheritedâ€ a large number of redwood boards I combined these 2 interests and built a boardwalk around one side of my house like you see in national parks. Have some overdue landscaping projects to do this summer after a trip to the East Coast.
4. I have taught now for 26 years, starting in Oregon, then California and now Nevada. I’ve taught in private religious schools and public schools – both in very high socio-economic schools and very low socio-economic schools. I use technology a lot with my students, but if I had to make a choice Iâ€™d rather have the money for a bus and take field trips about once a week to places like a grocery store and a farm and a large office building and the house around the corner where someone has a vegetable garden they are proud enough of to talk to the kids about, and on a boat in the middle of Lake Tahoe and to the top of a mountain peak and to a big city, and a sandy-hot desert and a redwood forest when it is dripping wet from a heavy fog (and lick banana slugs) and a ball game and more. But then Iâ€™d want the technology for the photos and video and journals and audio recordings and a way to share them and my students’ learning.
5. I have always dreamed of visiting Antarctica â€¦ fell in love with it when I saw a TV special about the race to the South Pole when I was about 10 years old. I even applied to go there through the â€œTeachers Experiencing Antarcticaâ€ program the last year they had the program â€¦ I still havenâ€™t been : ( – but I have walked on glaciers in Alaska, Montana, California and Canada.
But, enough about me … tell us about you.