Q: If you had to compare how you make decisions to an animal, which do you think you’d be most similar to?
J: I think my spirit animal is an elephant. Very calm and slow. Hardly showing any emotion, but of course when I do, I make a big impact!
B: Ha! I have no idea. I’d have to say an Octopus. I like to stay focused as much as I can, but I also enjoy spreading my tentacles. I just hope I don’t get eaten!
Q: Who’s your hero?
J: My mom. Without her, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
B: I realize how cliché it may sound, but my father. He always has been, but I never told him how much I admired him. He worked hard, was humble, cared for others more than himself, and left the world a better place. He had this profound ability to listen to the needs of others and reassure them, with grace and humility. Amor fati!
Q: Where do you see Baan Dek in the next 2-5 years?
J: The world is changing daily, and when you work with children, you need to continue to improve and stay current. That being said, our job is ongoing work, and we hope to continue to do the best we can.
B: We’re fortunate to be able to work with the people we do: children, families, teachers, the community. We wish nothing more than to keep on serving them, meeting their needs as we go along. We want to offer the absolute best possible experience for everyone involved.
Q: What would you tell someone who is scared of taking the plunge? Someone who is uneasy about the possibility of trying and failing?
B: Map your idea out on paper. Does it work? Dream about it at night. Do you see it happening? If so, go for it. If something doesn’t match up, map more, dream more. At the end of the day, you need to find a way to live your ambitions. You have to stay hungry.
Q: Describe the Montessori curriculum in five words.
J: Learn at your own pace.
B: Personalized learning for every child.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone, living or deceased, who would you choose?
J: Bobby George! I’m living the dream!
B: It’s funny. I read this question in the New York Times Book Review every Sunday at Barnes and Nobles. I would invite Orson Welles… I’ve been thinking about this a lot. How can we make this happen?
Q: What would make this world a better place?
J: Children! That’s the reason we’re doing what we’re doing! They are the future of our society, and I try my best, every day, to be a part of guiding them.
B: Of all the questions, this is the one that speaks most directly to us. It really resonates, to our core. I think we’re both here, where we are, working in this space, because we believe that if we can help provide a safe, nurturing, and positive environment, there is limitless potential in childhood.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
J: Don’t give up hope. I always tell Bobby, ‘Don’t be the fisherman that just sits on the dock, waiting for the fish to eat the lure. Instead, be the fisherman that goes into the water and tries to catch the fish with your bare hands.’
Be sure to catch the full-length article on the Georges right here on our blog this Thursday!