I study leaders in places that honor learners who have interests and identities in and outside of school, so here I make space for my own out-of-school identity as a wife, mom of three boys, athlete, board gamer, and knitter.
Physical activity has always been important to me. I was a three-season athlete all through high school, voted “Most Athletic” by my senior class, earned “All Tournament” honors in Volleyball and Softball, and was awarded “Athlete of the Year.” I rowed crew during my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, earning the 4 seat in the varsity 8 in the fall and winning a gold medal at the spring SIRAS regatta. I have often used crew as a metaphor for graduate school! (See posts here and here)
When I transferred to the University of Wisconsin, I joined the Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association. In Massachusetts and Oregon, I played in recreational women’s volleyball leagues. All of these pursuits were team-oriented, and I love the challenge of working hard together.
I have also stayed active with CrossFit and endurance events, culminating in finishing an Ironman in the summer of 2011. It took me 15 hours and 14 minutes to travel 140.6 miles: 2.4 mi Swim, 112 mi Bike, and 26.2 mi Run. You can read my race report here.
Most of my exercise these days comes from bike commuting with my three boys through Madison’s rain and snow, most recently on our new cargo bike.