Staff Spotlight: Danny, Educational Consultant

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Category: Inspirational Q & A


Danny is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in Political Science and studied linguistics. He was awarded a Fulbright, and spent a year teaching academic writing at the University of Tuzla in Bosnia. Before moving to the Bay Area he worked for an international education non-profit based out of Belgrade, Serbia. In his free time he likes to read, hike, and continue studying foreign languages.


  1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Has that dream changed?

When I was a kid I wanted to be an explorer, like Magellan. My older brother quickly disabused me of this dream, teaching me that, in fact, we now have satellites, and thus, there is no more new land to discover. I’ve been adrift ever since.

  1. You speak multiple languages. What is the most challenging/interesting thing about speaking in a language other than your own?

Idioms are the most befuddling and interesting aspect of speaking another language. When I was in Bosnia, the woman at the vegetable stand I shopped from would ask me in winter “Jel ti zima?” which in the overliteral translation in my head turned into  something like “Is it to you winter?” For weeks I was confused, giving bizarre and wooden answers. “Yes, the season is winter,” or “It is winter.” I felt triumphant when I realized she was just asking how I was doing/whether I was cold…

  1. If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or living) who would you choose and why?

I keep a list of people who inspire me, some writers, others artists, a few journalists, and political activist or two. I suspect if I actually met them in real life I would embarrass myself, or maybe they wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I’ll keep admiring them from a distance.

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

All I want to do is read books. Preferably somewhere quiet.

  1. What do you love most about your work at Green Ivy?

While the most satisfying aspect is seeing my students succeed and grow, I also really enjoy the new things I learn about the world through my students.  Through the stories and anecdotes they tell, in the ways they feel about their schooling, and in their responses to what they learn in class, I am finding out what is important to the next generation, and see their perspectives on issues that affect all of us.


Best invention of all time: Books

Favorite breakfast item: Pancakes

Best book you read in 2017: Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard

What role would you play in a rock band (lead singer, back up vocals, drummer, guitarist): Roadie

Three words your friends would use to describe you: Hmmm. I suspect my friends would say something slanderous about me, but all in good fun.

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