Pam Chodus is a teacher of journalism, creative writing and English Literature at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. She also moderates the student newspaper, and pushes her students to reach their maximum potential. She lives in Albany Township:
Q: Where were you born and where were you brought up?
A: "I was born in New Mexico and I grew up in New Jersey, and I travelled to Maine in the summer."
Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: "Four younger brothers."
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: "I would say I had a pretty wonderful childhood. Devoted parents, parents who were interested in the world and talked about things going on in the world all the time."
Q: Was there anything you wanted to be when you grew up?
A: "I have, and still have, a lot of interests, and I can't say there was anything I wanted to be when I grew up. But there were many things I wanted to keep doing."
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: "Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass., the Seven Sister Schools."
Q: Did you get into mischief or play pranks?
A: "I relied on my brothers for that."
Q: What have you had for jobs?
A: "I used to raise organic beef and eggs in Norway. I then became a fashion designer. I did wholesale. I wanted to be a writer, syndicated a personal essay. Then I got a teaching job."
Q: What do you consider your relationship status to be?
A: "I have a husband."
Q: Do you have any or want children?
A: "I have a son who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. who just got married. I have a step-daughter and a step-son."
Q: Have you done much traveling?
A: "Three years ago went to China with 12 high school students. I've been to France, Italy, Israel and England."
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: "Raising my son and seeing him become the human being he has become. The things I've made. Those creations I feel really good about for myself."
Q: Do you collect anything or have a hobby?
A: "No, not really."
Q: What subject do you wish you knew more about?
A: "History. I often find myself in the classroom wanting to know more about history."
Q: What is the one thing you would happily do over again?
A: "Nothing. I'm just not a regretful person."
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: "In some ways, I'm a really private person. In some ways, if you get me talking, I can be very open."
Q: If anyone could walk in right now, whom would you most like to see?
A: "My father."
Q: What is the most challenging part of your day?
A: "I'm a teacher. I would say dealing with the minutia that has little to do with teaching."
Q: What scares you the most?
A: "The amount of rancor there is between groups of people in this country."
Q: Have you ever met anyone famous or notorious?
A: "I met John Lindsay, (former) mayor of New York City. I saw Paul Newman at an airport."
Q: What was the best memory this interview brought back?
A: "I'd say having fun with my brothers and my son's recent wedding."