My day job is a Humane Education teacher. I have a non-profit (co-founded with one of my friends) called Paws and Learn. We go into the schools throughout Los Angeles and give FREE presentations educating kids on a variety of topics (Dog Safety, Kindness to Animals, City Wildlife, Pet Needs, Truth About Pit Bulls, etc.). I love my job because it varies day to day. And kids are completely unpredictable. They keep you on your toes. I love to have quick comebacks and always try to stay one step ahead of them.
I was teaching 3rd Graders City Wildlife a few months ago. We learn about all the cool animals and insects that live in their backyards/neighborhoods. We learn what their special jobs are (usually involves what they eat) and why they are so important to have around. I have really cool props that the kids love (owl pellet, rattlesnake tail, beautiful posters).
I held up our Owl Board. We discussed that owls have great night vision, they can carry two to three times their body weight...
Me: Who knows what owls eat? Girl: Mice. Me: Right. What else? Boy: Rats. Me: Rats, mice...what else do they eat? Another boy: Leprechauns. Me: Nope. They're not fast enough to catch Leprechauns. Same boy: But you said they fly up to 40 miles per hour. Me: They do! But Leprechauns move faster. (pause) And they can disappear. (pause) Because they have magic. Same boy: And a pot of gold! Me: That too. Same boy: So the owl can grab that! Girl: No. They can't carry a pot of gold. Same boy: YES. They CAN. She said they carry two to three times their body weight. Boy's Friend: Duh. Weren't you listening?
It's nice when your friends get your back. Especially when you're trying to debate whether or not an owl can in fact carry off a Leprechaun's Pot O'Gold.
I am an Humane Education teacher & writer living in Burbank, California. I left television production almost a decade ago to pursue my passion - animals. Along the way, I snagged myself a super handsome, extremely patient and very supportive husband. We rescued three cats - Ol' One Eye Pip, Eowyn the Snow Leopard and Wednesday the Butt. We also ended up with an American Staffordshire Terrier pup, Lily. I co-founded my own non-profit (Paws and Learn Humane Education Center) and spend three days a week in the schools educating kids about kindess to animals, dog bite prevention, city wildlife, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. I love my job, but I also love to write. I spend my spare time writing and daydreaming. I love the outdoors and enjoy hikes with my hubby, friends and our dogs! Life is what we make of it and I am making the most of mine.