Tricia Johnson, Show Me KC Schools
: Tricia Johnson
: Mother of two preschoolers and creator of Show Me KC Schools
, an online resource to help Kansas City parents find the right school for their children.
: Glendora, California
: Armour Hills
What I do (in 140 characters)
: In addition to combing pigtails, I'm gathering data about KC schools - KCPS, charter, private and parochial - and sharing it on an informative website for fellow KC parents.
What's your addiction?
What's your game?
Scattergories, Taboo, charades. I love game nights.
What's your drink?
Gin and tonic
What's on your KC postcard?
City Market on a Saturday morning
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... "
The Kansas City Public Library developed great public programming - from Sandra Day O'Connor to Mr. Stinky Feet.
"Kansas City screwed up when ... "
It created a public-school system in which 15 school districts serve Kansas City, Missouri.
"Kansas City needs ... "
A great children's museum, preferably downtown.
"I always laugh at ... " The Onion
"I've been known to binge-watch ... "
HGTV. I turn on the TV intending to watch something educational but am somehow hypnotized by bathroom makeovers and refinished basements.
"I can't stop listening to ... "
Archived episodes of This American Life
. From stories about psychopaths to poultry, I'm hooked! I fear the day when I've listened to all 500 episodes.
"I just read ... " Clifford's Thanksgiving Day Visit
... 11 times.
The best advice I ever got:
Move to Kansas City - no ocean, no mountains, but no better place to raise a family.
You should sing "ABC" by the Jackson 5 in the talent show ... solo.
My husband and two daughters - as long as no one is in timeout.
My dating triumph/tragedy:
I was at a wedding, enjoying the red wine and slow dancing with a guy I really liked. I gazed into his eyes, shared my buried feelings of affection, and then I called him "Sean." But his name wasn't Sean. Fortunately, he got over it, and we've been married for nine years.
My brush with fame:
Brush with infamy, really. In Zimbabwe, we lived across the street from the dictator, Robert Mugabe. I had a run-in with his security guards, who harassed me about loitering in front of the presidential compound. Really, I was just walking home to my apartment.
My 140-character soapbox:
Too many residents reluctantly leave KC, citing "schools" as their reason for departing. To build and expand great schools in our neighborhoods, I believe we need to stay and invest in our community.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for?
Using the GPS to second-guess my husband's navigation skills in Kansas City. (He would like me to note that he is a native and he knows where he is going.)
Who's sorry now?
My self-navigating husband, who thought he knew a scenic back road to Weston. But he didn't.
My recent triumph:
In October, I set a personal best in the 2013 KC half marathon.
For more on Show Me KC Schools, see showmekcschools.org.