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ISH: A home away from home

Q & A with Mrs. Cover and Flopsy

What advice would you give your high school self?

I would tell myself to be a bigger risk-taker! Sometimes I was afraid I would fail, or that something would take too much time, so I passed up opportunities. For example, I ran track and field and went to the State Tournament every year. In my senior year, I asked my coach to not make me run 800’s any more. He didn’t have me run them anymore, but in the end my times in every other event were slower because I wasn’t training for 800’s. I would have finished my track career on a better note if I had taken on the challenge of the time and effort training for 800’s would have created.

Everybody should participate in special school community events! (That’s not to my high school self, that’s to my students now).

Which countries have you lived in?


Tarsus, Turkey; Valencia, Spain; Mouans-Sartoux, France; Moscow, Russia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Suzhou, China, and now Hamburg, Germany. I also lived in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf when I spent a year abroad in university. I love traveling and spending time with my family and friends, so I haven’t visited as many places as I would have liked, because we always tried to go home to the Midwest each summer.

Flopsy’s answer: I was born on the streets of Suzhou, China, and I have lived in China and Hamburg, but I have visited Louisiana, Iowa, and Minnesota in the US. For a stray from the streets, I’d say I’ve done pretty well.

What are some of the most interesting things about you that we wouldn´t learn from your resume alone? 


While I lived in Dhaka, I played a street walker in a community theater production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.

I love spending time on water or near it, boating and waterskiing at my family’s cabin on a small lake in Iowa is a favorite summer activity.

I keep a ‘happy jar’ on my bedside table and I put little post-it notes into the jar with events and people who have made me happy. A lot of times it’s things students have said or done, or something from colleagues. I try to put something in at least once each week and then on New Year’s Day I read them all out to remind myself of my year.

I love bad puns and plays on words:

Flopsy’s answer: I like to eat and sleep, and sometimes I like to roam around in the garden. Once in a while I help Susan do school work by jumping on her keyboard, books, and papers.

If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what song would you choose and why? 

It would have to be peppy. It’s hard to choose just one song--I like Pink, Grateful Dead, Shania, Shakira, and a lot of other groups/singers. The teacher in me would have to say one of my favorites is  “We didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel because it has so much information and is also uplifting and energetic.

What do you, Flopsy, think of remote learning?

Sometimes, it’s nice to have my feeders home more often, but usually I am just annoyed that their meetings are disrupting my nap time (which is usually from 7:00-4:00). As most of you know, I can be pretty vocal when I am upset.