Can you list the name of a student and/or teacher that you liked the very most in high school and tell why you liked that person so much?
Mr. David May (special assistant) and Mr. Howard (vision itinerant). These two gentlemen assisted me through middle and high school. They were my friends and teachers. They made my education possible and pushed me all the way through. Again, all of my teachers were tremendous. I had a very good educational experience.
What suggestions do you have that could improve public education for students who are exceptional?
I believe the key is parental involvement. My parents were at every meeting they needed to be at and many others they did not need to be at. Dad joined the Exceptional Child Education Board as a parent advocate to learn what goes on in the background of the department and to get to know those in charge. He and mom were always ready to go to the wall for me to get me the services and tools I needed to be successful. This same attitude would work for all children to make education better — not just exceptional child education. Seems to me the key to success in school is a lot like life. You get out of it what you put in to it.
Besides Beethoven, what other classical music do you like to play?
All of it.
Can you name other kinds of music you like and enjoy playing?
I enjoy playing and listening to all kinds of music — especially classical and country; everything except rap.
What are your feelings toward rap music?
See above. Rap is not music.
Would you rather read books in Braille or have books read to you?
Would rather read books in Braille. I enjoy learning the spelling of words and I absorb the information better.
Have you and your father ever teamed up to co-play a large pipe organ? I would think that an exciting experience for both of you.