What does it mean to be a lifelong learner? I’ve heard it mentioned before (I’m sure you have too) and, just two years out of school, I have in fact missed the clarity of learning within a classroom setting. But I’ve come to see learning as not just confined to taking a course, seeking an expert or even reading a magazine article on a new topic. While I’m not a professional on the subject, I’ve found that having an open mind to the world and to other people has been the most fruitful learning style in my adult life. Oh, and embracing learning little by little, as it comes within my interests and needs.
The dual themes of this issue are education and home, and they truly go hand-in-hand in the stories you’ll find in these pages. On page 12, I speak with Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist Kendall Gonzalez on how she’s found her happy place teaching kindergarten at Matoska International. Later, on page 14, writer Kira Schukar dives into home renovation basics with the help of Jordan Willaby of White Bear Lake design company Willaby Way.
Each autumn, we feature outstanding seniors from our local high schools. On page 22, you’ll meet four students nominated by their schools for excellence in both academics and extracurriculars. Their interests, dreams and passion for giving back are inspiring to behold.
There’s so much more to discover in these pages. Above all, I hope that you find something new in this issue about yourself, your community or your world that, in the words of Socrates, “is the kindling of a flame.”