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I was educated in the Catholic schools in my area because our public schools have been challenged for quite some time. However those in my family who are "religious" at all are strong Southern Baptist - ministers and people in leadership in the African-American Southern Baptist Church.

In college an older classmate listened to me speak and decided she had to introduce me to Buddhist practice. There I explored several traditions and am now a teacher in the Shambhala tradition.

So, seeing a range of spirituality in America has given me a rich perspective on the benefits and challenges. Seeing how an administration which approaches things through listening and considering various perspectives is facinating and exciting to me!