Meet a Westsider:
Sue Spengler

Profession/Occupation... Founder, lead teacher, principal, custodian, secretary and lunch lady at The Little School on Vermijo, a ďvillage schoolĒ project for 6th and 7th graders.

What I like most about the Westside is... walking to LaBaguettte through the alley, entering through the backdoor, and bringing home a loaf of bread for dinner. Or sending my kids on that errand! I also just love that my kids can and do walk around to their friendsí houses and other local places. We have an amazing group of families in our neighborhood, and Iím so blessed to know them.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... Iíd like to see the drug-dealing houses gone. Iíd also like to see a critical mass of folks to fight this new Kum & Go in the 2300 block of Colorado Avenue. Putting in a gas station/convenience store there is just a stupid idea.

A good movie Iíve seen recently is... ďSherlock.Ē Itís not really a movie, itís a BBC series available on Netflix, but itís so clever and amazing and British and everyone should watch it!

I'd like to discover... a way to instantly discover a childís strengths and weaknesses without giving him/her a battery of tests.

If I could meet someone famous, Iíd like to meet... Maria Montessori, and ask her what she thinks a Montessori education should look like in the 21st century.

The next time I travel, Iím going... in my dreams or in reality? In reality, Iím probably going to some hot springs in Colorado somewhere. In my dreams, Iím going to Istanbul.

My favorite childhood memory is... hanging out for the day on the Oregon Coast with my mom and my brother. Weíd drive the hour and a half from Salem, get a package of bologna and a loaf of Wonderbread in Lincoln City, and my brother and I would spend the day on the beach, playing in the water and driftwood piles, eating sandy sandwiches.

My favorite summer pastime is... swimming at the Valley Swim Club with my friends and their families. Itís not the Pacific Ocean or a mountain lake, but itís water!

Something good Iíve read is... ďAmerican Gods,Ē by Neil Gaiman. I also just read ďThe Beautiful and Damned,Ē by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which was exactly what the title says it was. Lovely and tragic. Iím planning on reading more Fitzgerald this summer.

My pet peeve is... people who donít take the time to correct their grammar/ spelling/punctuation. Iíve been accused of being a ďgrammar nazi,Ē and I wear that badge proudly!

If I didnít have to work for a year, I would... write more. Maybe try and publish a little chapbook of my poems. And try not to mess up my itís and its!

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