Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent Carla Santorno’s favorite things

By: | January 18, 2019
Superintendent Carla Santorno discusses a makerspace project with a student at Sherman Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington.Superintendent Carla Santorno discusses a makerspace project with a student at Sherman Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington.

Teacher: Helen Davis, grade 4: “She let me know I had worth”

Childhood aspiration: Translator at the UN

Pastime/hobby: My grandkids, Hallmark Christmas movies and old-time radio shows from the 1940s and ’50s

Travel destination: Venice, Italy: I will go for my husband’s 65th birthday; his grandparents were born in Italy

Food: Unfortunately, the almighty cheeseburger

Dessert: Peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream

Book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Music: My playlist is eclectic—a little bit of everything from country western to hip-hop

Sports/recreation: I am trying to develop a hiking habit; I love the trails through the Washington woods

Heroes/sheroes: Maya Angelou

Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style”—Maya Angelou


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