Katie Rose is an elementary school science teacher in Seattle, WA. Her background is in environmental education with degrees from Earlham College, Islandwood Graduate Program, and the University of Washington. She loves working with young scientists because their wonder and curiosity are unparalleled. She is interested in the intersection of bioregionalism, place based education, and the pedagogical value of wonder.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

A neighborhood crow named Francis

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Do shelves of field guides count?

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Baking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

No

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Writer/poet

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Botany

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Home! (Kentucky)

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to communicate in all languages (including animal and plant communication).

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Watch: the birds in your neighborhood
Read: This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany M. Jewell
Listen: The Mushroom Hunters by Neil Gaiman read by Amanda Palmer

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Read, walk, and drink coffee.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Love, curiosity, books

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coffee in all forms

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

First a pole vaulter, then a Rabbi, then teacher

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Wonder and gratitude

19 What got you excited in science?

When I realized that asking questions and observing the world around you is science!

20 What excites you about science now?

Seeing my students asking questions and working to solve real world problems with science.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Gilmore Girls on repeat

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Whistling

23 What is your favorite game?

Cribbage at a pub or coffee shop

24 What is the last book you read?

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Make time for your hobbies!

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Try to publish some of my writing

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Way opens and change is natural

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Taking a long walk and tidying up (physically and mentally)

29 What is the last thing you watched?

MacGyver re-runs

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Six albatross pellets for class

31 What is your favorite animal?

Right now I’m really into garden snails

32 What is your favorite book?

Red Bird by Mary Oliver

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Mac and cheese

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

The first day that smells like fall

35 What is your favorite plant?

Lavender

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Crows can have regional dialects!

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Bread baking

39 What is your favorite sound?

Rain

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My gratitude

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Petrichor (the wonderful smell of fresh rain)

42 What is your proudest moment?

When a student tells me they learned a lot in class.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

I’d be a sycamore so I could be by a river bank.

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

It has fantastic seasonal weather (warm dry summers, and cool wet winters).

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I once spent the night in a cave on a spelunking trip in Indiana.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

My students! Or other young scientists!