September Faculty Q+A Part One- Ms. Fauber

Leigh Fauber

The Q+A- two student, two teachers, each month. This month we sat down with science teacher Ms. Leigh Fauber.

Conducted by Leigh Jacobson


Common misconception about teachers: That they are not fun, interesting people with lives outside of school.

Most creative gift, given or received: When I was five years old, my grandparents built me and my sister a huge doll house for our Strawberry Shortcake dolls (we had all of them), and it was a BIG surprise. They even built little pieces of furniture for the interior of the house. My parents still have the house after 30 years and my nieces still play with it.

Movie you’ve seen the most: I tend not to re-watch movies, but when I was younger, I would watch To Kill a Mockingbird two to threes times in one day. I was addicted to Jem, Atticus and Scout and their fascinating lives.

Book you’ve read most: The only books I have ever re-read are written by David Sedaris.  I recommend Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Fictional character you identify with: Being from Alabama, I would have to say Scout Finch is my fictional counterpart. Her rough and tumble nature combined with her ability to get into mischief make her my favorite character of all time.

Obsolete item you won’t trash: A candy wrapper from my wedding day. I bought the candy, which had a horseshoe on it and the words “Good Luck!” for me and my husband.

What you wanted to be at age 10: A football player. My dad was a high school football coach, and I spent a lot of time around his teams. I used to draw up plays (in crayon) for him to use in his games. Of course, he’d tell me that when they scored a touchdown that they used my play to do it.

Student pet peeve: When students asks, “Will this be on the test?”

Procrastination technique: Usually, it is cleaning. I will often clean the area where I grade papers even if it isn’t really messy or dirty.

Secret hobby: Knitting and playing euchre (a mid-western card game).

Favorite historical figure: Coach Bear Bryant. He was the football coach for the University of Alabama for a span of 25 years during which the Tide won 6 National Championships. But that wasn’t what makes him my favorite; he loved what he did and was passionate about it. When Bryant retired, a newspaper reported asked him what he’d do now, and he said without football he’d probaby “croak within a week.” He was almost right.  He passed away a month later.

Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere: Bob Dylan self-portrait.

Movie star you always wanted to be: Doris Day. She was quirky, funny, kind-hearted and cute.

Favorite gadget: Garmin Trail Watch that I use when I run and hike. It tells me my pace, mileage, elevation and a lot of other cool stuff.

Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party: Hmmm… I guess politics.

The last meal you had: Carrot cake muffin from Trader Joe’s.

Funniest English word(s): nincompoop… one of the words I used to call my brother and sisters.

Most memorable teaching experience: Helping one of my students pass the Alabama State Exit Exam. She had failed the science portion twice and had only one more shot. I worked with her every day after school and helped her with strategies. She passed and was able to graduate.

Most-visited website, why: Rotoworld because I am the commissioner of a fantasy football league (made up of Milken alumni) and have to keep updated on all the NFL action.

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show: Arrested Development. It lasted three short seasons and was the funniest thing on TV.

Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk: Krispy Kreme doughnut truck.  When I’m having a rough day, sometimes require an imaginary delivery.