Hugh Cole Times
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Interview with Cynthia Wiegrand by Anneliese M
A: I'm the President of Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) which is a nonprofit that supports shark research and education. I manage all projects for the organization.
Q: When did you first fall in love with sharks? Why?
A: I first fell in love with sharks when I was a young girl and watched a program on whale sharks. The program showed a scuba diver swimming along side a whale shark. I was amazed by its size and remember thinking that I'd love to be in the water with a whale shark someday. A few years ago, that dream came true when I snorkeled with whale sharks in Mexico!
Q: What is the biggest and smallest shark you've seen?
A: The smallest shark I've seen has been a juvenile nurse shark (3 feet) and the largest shark was a whale shark (30 feet).
Q: What is your favorite shark and why?
A: My organization is focused on white sharks and I do love white sharks, but my favorite shark is the hammerhead shark. I think their unique head makes them incredibly interesting.
Q: What would you tell someone that wanted to do your job?
A: I'm a co-founder of my non-profit and the only person working full time (as a volunteer), so there is a tremendous amount of work involved. It's a 7-day-a-week job. If someone was interested in starting their own non-profit, she or he would need to be passionate about, and dedicated to, the mission. That said, while the work is challenging, it's also incredibly rewarding. I've had the most amazing experiences and met wonderful people through AWSC . . . like Annelise!
Favorite Fruits and Vegetables as determined by the fourth grade
Interview with Mrs. Bosco
How do you like Hugh Cole?
I really like Hugh Cole. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful. I really enjoy working with elementary students.
Do you have any cats or dogs?
No. I am allergic to cats. I’m sure I’ll have a dog someday because my husband would really like one. I never had a dog or cat growing up. We had two rabbits.
If you were a classroom teacher, which grade would you want to teach and why?
I’ve always liked first grade because of the curriculum and how eager students seem to be to learn. It seems like just the right age – not too young and not too old.
What is your favorite book?
I have a lot of favorites, especially mystery books by Mary Higgins Clark and Sue Grafton, but one that I recently read that I really enjoyed was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It is told from the dog’s point of view, which was very interesting. I highly recommend it.