With MARILYN SMITH
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I knew from third grade on that I wanted to be a teacher. My first-grade teacher Trudy Drier was a huge influence on that decision, and years later my son also had the privilege of having her as a teacher.
What would you rather be doing right now? Shopping.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... my maiden name is also "Smith," so I didn't have to change anything when I got married. I can tell people my husband took my last name.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? It's happening now, seeing both of my sons working toward their doctorate degrees.
It really stinks when ... adults don't truly listen to kids. They have a lot of powerful things to say.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Organized. Ask anyone who knows me. It is almost a fault, being too organized.
I always laugh when ... my 10-pound Yorkie, Macy, turns her head like she understands everything I say to her.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My husband and my two sons. My sons live out of town now, so I miss family dinners and cherish the times when we are all together.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... eat dinner with my husband and take a walk if it's nice out, or curl up on the couch and watch Hallmark if it's cold out.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... kind and a good friend. For this question, I enlisted the help of nine of my high school friends who still keep in touch weekly and now take a yearly trip together. I still treasure their friendships.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I'm not sure I have met anyone that famous.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... hike with my family in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... I am not sure. I could do a lot of shopping with a million dollars.
America should be more concerned about ... the mental health of today's youth.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... designer purses. My husband and sons would totally agree.
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... shopping websites and Pinterest.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Always strive to bring out the best in every one of our students in the classroom. My mentor teacher, Joyce McIntyre, modeled and taught me that my first year of teaching. I have tried to live by that for the past 30 y ears, when I was a teacher and now as I work with new teachers.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Y101.
I always get sentimental when ... Oh gosh. Too many things to pick just one -- babies, quotes, photos, puppies, memories with family and friends.
The older I get, the more I realize ... time goes by so quickly. My Grandpa Klingele always told me when I was younger, "the older you get, the faster it goes." I didn't quite understand it then like I do now.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... not have stopped after my master's degree and would have pursued my doctorate degree.
My favorite item of clothing is ... anything black and comfortable, which is half of my closet. My mom, sisters and co-workers always comment if I wear something other than black.
If I've learned anything at all ... Enjoy every stage of your children's lives. Don't be sad about the stage they are no longer in. Instead enjoy every minute of the stage they are in now.
Marilyn Smith, 51, was born and raised in Quincy. She's been married to her husband, Scott, for 27 years, and they have two sons, Brendan, 23, and Aaron, 20. She is teacher mentor program coordinator for Quincy Public Schools.