Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November SLI Spotlight on a Staff Member

Welcome to another installment of SLI Spotlight.  This month's spotlight is not on one of the regular, familiar faces seen around the SLI office.  This month we would like to recognize Board Member: Wally Winter. 

The SLI Board of Directors is an integral part of the organization.  Although you won't see them at workshops, or around the office on a daily basis, the board members make critical 'behind-the-scenes' decisions for the well-being of the entire organization.

Wally was kind enough to answer a few questions about himself, so we could get to know him a little better. Take a peak at this exclusive interview...

SLI: Wally, how did you become involved with SLI?
WW: John Simmons, a longtime friend, persuaded me that SLI was up to something exciting.

SLI: Why do you feel the work that SLI does is important?
WW: Because it mobilizes students, teachers, principals and parents to work together in new ways to achieve documented results that will help the students become productive global citizens.

SLI: What changes to education would you like to see happen in the future?
WW: I would like to see students truly engaged and excited about going to school and committed to be global citizens with a mission to save the planet from man made ruination.

SLI: Who inspires you, Wally?
WW: Aldo Leopold (an American author, scientist, ecologist, forester and environmentalist), Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi, and William McKibben (author, educator, environmentalist).

SLI: What is your favorite hobby or past time?
WW: Canoeing; reading history, philosophy, biography; fly fishing

SLI: What are you currently reading?
WW: Moral ground - Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, The Lemon Tree, Jerusalem

SLI: What type of music do you enjoy?
WW: Blues, Beethoven, Blue Grass

SLI: What is your favorite color and why?
WW: Blue because it reminds me of how precious and fragile Planet Earth looks from the arid landscape of the moon

SLI: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
WW: I see myself as a climate change activist, which is what I am now, but less wise than I will be in ten years.

Congratulations to Wally on being recognized as the SLI Spotlight Staff Member of the Month!!