Ms. McKanna was born in May and her hometown is Mt. Vernon, NY (adjacent to the Bronx, NYC). She went to college at MIT.
Favorite teacher? H.S. Physics/AP Physics. he was highly intelligent, wacky, cute, and believed in me far more than I did. He was a father figure and mentor, even teaching me how to drive.
If you were not in education, what other profession would you like to attempt? Didn't even consider teaching until I was 30! B.S. was in Earth Sciences, M.S. was in natural resources and land use policy/planning. Started PhD in political science (natural resources/international relations). Graduated first in class at Police Academy. I would like to work with one of the intelligence agencies, working in counter-terrorism. Or with FEMA, planning for response to natural disasters. Or doing accident investigation with NTSB. Or a district attorney.
Do you have pets? Dog (Skittles); cats (Misty, Trixie, Spunky, and Pumpkin); birds, zebra finches (at least a dozen, number changes frequently despite being in separate male and female cages. They manage to defy science and procreate - frequently); and a 50 gallon tropical community aquarium.
Favorite color? Blues, especially blue-greens
Favorite quote or saying? "When in doubt, play louder!"
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? Finland and Estonia to the ease, Aruba to the south, Alaska to the west, and Ivalo, Finland to the north (160 miles north of the Arctic Circle)
Favorite Food? Cheeseburger. Runners up: Pizza, tuna, peanut butter.
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? Reading!!! Hiking in conservation areas with my dog. Playing the flute, semi-professionally. Bowling. Making Ukrainian Eggs.
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