What were your favorite philosophy courses at UCLA?

I studied logic for 2 years with Dr. Kalish, The Arithmetic of Gotlob Frege with Tyler Burge, and two courses in Greek Philosophy were my favorite classes.

Do you have a good story or two about the department?

I was the student representative to the department for one year. I think I was the first or second representative they ever had. I used to attend the meetings on Thursday afternoons. They evaluated some of the professors. I decided to take a poll of students who had actually taken classes from these professors. I called students and asked them what they thought I should say about the professors being evaluated. The students talked honestly and I put their comments together and presented my results at their evaluation meeting. They were favorably impressed and liked the input .

What was your first job or endeavor after UCLA?

I never intended to work after completing my degree. I was going to raise my children and help my husband. Maybe I’d go to law school. Well, all that changed. I went into substitute teaching in high schools in the LA area. Then I went back to school and got a teaching credential and I’ve been working as an elementary teacher ever since. It’s not really the story anyone would have expected from someone who graduated with a degree in philosophy. Now when I look back, things have worked out well. I’m happy and reasonably successful.

Do you have advice for current students or recent graduates about how to take advantage of and continue their philosophical education?