experiences growing up in Chicago and around the University. But I’ll tell you, Cannon is off to a stellar start from the comparative view of a fifth grader— Ella has proclaimed her first summer read, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, is her “favorite book of all time!”
Q: What are you most looking forward to exploring in the Charlotte/Concord/Lake Norman area? A: The ice cream/frozen custard of course! The Joneses are on a summer tour, to identify the best frozen treat in the Queen City region. We could list our initial list here, however, the Advancement team tells me we have limited corporate partnerships in this area. Once we’ve completed the tour we will see if the winners would like to discuss a relationship with Cannon!
Q: Who or what inspires you? A: Excellence inspires me. Quiet confidence inspires me. My father inspires me. My mother had a permanently lifealtering accident as I began third grade and he saved my life and that of my younger sister. He always made our needs and interests his top priority. As many of us have done in
life, we idealize our parents, and I have every reason to do so. His faithful example is a driving force in my life.
Q: What motivates you each day? A: The acts of learning, leading, contributing, and welcoming motivate me constantly. I believe human beings are called, even built, to live out their given strengths everyday. Honoring that responsibility is a key motivator in my life.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment professionally? What about personally? A: Personally, I’m honored and humbled most by my family and the blessings they bring into my life every day. It is the privilege of my life to raise precocious, independent, freethinking kids who we expect one day soon—very soon if you ask Ella—to be citizen leaders of their chosen communities. Professionally, as of today, earning the invitation to share in the leadership of Cannon School marks my greatest professional achievement. Ask me again in a few years, and let’s see how our school together will answer that question. I’m excited for the future we have to make together on behalf of our Cannon School students past, present, and future! Summer/Fall 2019 | CANNON | 11