Interview with a Gardening Teacher

This jobtalk is with my former co-worker, Suzanne Cunningham. Suzanne’s an example of someone who is intelligent and hardworking and had no idea what she wanted to do after she graduated from college. Sound like you?

Allowing herself to experiment with different jobs and classes after college, Suzanne turned her love of gardening into a career teaching gardening at the Waldorf School.

I love this interview because it’s an affirmation to the notion that it’s okay to take time to find yourself – your career. It’s also an affirmation to the maxim, “Do what you love.”

Title: Gardening Teacher

Education: B.A. International Government, Smith College, 2007

Age: 28

I know that at one point in your life you thought you would follow in your father’s footsteps and become a lawyer. How is that you wound up becoming a gardening teacher?

People ask me that all of the time. I was interested in government and became interested in religion at similar times. For me, it feels like government and religion are inseparable even though we separate them.

In college, I got really burned out. I was ready to be done. I took a couple of years off here and there during college. It was a real struggle to finish. By the time I got out, I didn’t want anything to do with school again. Continue reading