Shantih Journal 3.1 - Page 94

NK: It was incredible. It was a very emotional and moving experience. DW: SHANTIH Journal is a literary journal, so naturally I’m going to ask literary questions: there were a number of times over the course of late April and early May in which you had the chance to showcase your speaking skills, and as an orator, you were very effective. What is your creative process as an orator? NK: I typically think of a few main points or phrases that I would like to touch upon. Other than that, I just speak from the heart. That has proven to be what I feel is the best practice for me personally. DW: There were so many moments of pure poetry over the course of that week. For you, was there a particularly poetic moment? NK: The march was incredible. That would probably be the most poetic moment in my mind. DW: As a creative writing teacher, I see my students’ creativity every day. But it’s always there, even in other classes I’ve taught over the year, that spark of creative energy. How do you see the role of creative energy in teaching? 94 NK: It’s in every aspect. It is necessary to any teacher and must be ever present. DW: How do shortfalls in education spending affect the creative potential of our students? NK: They eliminate so many opportunities. It is hard to summarize succinctly, but the lack of funding impacts so many possibilities. DW: Do you feel that educators’ efforts ultimately won the day? NK: Certainly. We moved the legislature from 65 million to 406 million invested in education and our movement is stronger than ever and continuing to move forward. DW: What were you most proud of with regard to what you were able to accomplish? NK: The way that educators were empowered and stood up. That is the most moving accomplishme Ёѡ́ɥM䁕Սѽ)ٔ܁ݕɕ)\]ɔ́ѡٕЁɽɔ