Bernadette Buxton, Paraeducator at Community School. My job involves working with small groups of students to help them with our Discovery program. I also work tutoring students with math.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
- A Life Well Lived
2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
- I’d love to learn to play the piano. I learned as a child, and I just never followed through with it.
3. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
- I would pick Ronan Farrow. He took on big companies and powerful rich people and made them accountable to the law.
4. When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?
- I love to read!
5. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
- Don’t laugh, I would choose Winnie the Pooh. He has such a carefree attitude to life, and I wish I was more like him. Also, he has really great friends.
6. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Having my two children
7. What is something you learned in the last week?
- I learned to make shakshuka, a savory Middle Eastern dish that often eaten for breakfast but you can eat it anytime in the day, and it’s really easy to make!
8. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I love to cook, and I love to eat.
9. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
- Doing the dishes, because there are always SO MANY!
10. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
- Anthony Bourdain. I admire his passion for life and he is such a risk taker.
11. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best?
- When I was in my 30s, we had to move to Germany for my husband's work and I had two very young children, and that was nerve wracking. But I met some great people, I fell in love with the German culture and people and I've made lifelong friends from those two years.
12. At what age did you become an adult?
- When I was 17 and in high school and both of my parents lost their jobs.
13. What three traits define you?
- I’m kind, generous, and honest.
14. Ten years ago, who did you think you would be now?
- I thought I would be working in scientific research because that’s where I started, but life takes it’s turns.
15. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?
- Podcasts! I love them.
16. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
- I would love to work in a family-owned pet store where I could meet other animal lovers and their pets.
17. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling in school?
- Seek advice, there are many wise people out there.
18. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
- Read more, and travel. I never read much as a kid.
19. How do you define success?
- Being able to be who you want to be.
20. What is your favorite thing about working in the Beaverton School District?
- I really enjoy working at Community School, it has a lot of challenges, but you know I work with some great staff that work really hard to help students make positive changes in their life. And having great coworkers makes all the difference.