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“It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

My Story

What is one thing about your work that most people don't know?

I'm an editor for an educational publisher. When I say that I'm an editor, many people think that I correct spelling and grammar errors. I do do that, but I do much more than that. I try to find authors (teachers) who have new and better ideas about creating content and pedagogy for high school and college courses. I help those authors write and develop their ideas into well organized, clear, interesting textbook chapters. If we succeed, we publish textbooks and related educational materials that help teachers teach and students learn more effectively than they did prior to the existence of our new publication.

What makes you most proud of the work you do?

I feel that I am making a contribution, that I am helping others, teachers and students across the country. In addition, if I do my job well, my company will make money, so I will feel that I'm earning my paycheck. I also am proud of the relationships that I've developed over the years with authors. Most of them are hard-working, intelligent, creative people who also are motivated to make a contribution to the world they live in, and I am proud to know that I have helped them bring their work to life.