Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and between paychecks. This month, we sat down with Board Of Education President and former Olympian and world record holder, Stephanie Hightower.
C Magazine: Who in history do you most admire?
Stephanie Hightower: Harriet Tubman for her courage, bravery, and her passion and personal sacrifice for freedom.
C Magazine: What music changed your life?
Hightower: James Brown’s I’m Black and I’m Proud.
C Magazine: Why are teachers so under paid?
Hightower: Our society doesn’t value the teaching profession as it once did and don’t appreciate the real work that teachers provide for our children. I believe this is true because our communities don’t really believe that all children should be educated at the same levels or there would be the appropriate investment made to public education where one size fits all doesn’t work.
C Magazine: What is harder: teaching or learning?
Hightower: Teaching. Teaching is a gift and not everyone is blessed with this ability.
C Magazine: Your biggest pet peeve?
Hightower: Individuals who don’t appreciate the word “integrity.”
C Magazine: DeNiro or Pacino?
Hightower: Pacino. He plays a great “thug.”
C Magazine: Conjunction junction, what’s your___?
C Magazine: Favorite writer? Actor? President?
Hightower: Writer - Alice Walker – I was hooked after reading The Color Purple. Actor – Denzel Washington – he is strong and versatile. President – Clinton – he possesses a charisma that is unmatched by any modern day President