The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.
Meet Bonnie Larson from our Math department.
Faculty Profile, Bonnie Larson
- Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
- Favorite book: A River Runs Through It, by Norman McLean
- Favorite color: Blue
- Favorite food: Watermelon
Why is math important?
In solving problems, there are many paths to the same solution. It allows us to use our innate creativity to find solutions to problems.
How do you do well in math?
Do your homework, be involved in class, do your homework, ask questions, do your homework, never give up. Did I mention do your homework???!!
What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?
Kayak, mountain bike, run, workout, spend time with family.
How did you spend your summer?
Renovating the house, kayaking, mountain biking and camping. Increasing my proficiency as a novice bike mechanic.
Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?
I lived in Montana for three years. Mountains, rivers, horses, and wide open spaces. No lift lines at the ski areas and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Great friends and great memories. Truly the last best place.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
Flown an airplane around the world during deployment to Desert Storm. Circled the Great Pyramids of Egypt during departure flight.
What do you find fascinating?
How people respond to the circumstance of their lives.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?
I would go to New Zealand and hike the Milford Trek.
Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?
Yes—I was stationed in Okinawa for two years while I was in the Air Force. The military carves out its own oasis in any country in which it has a presence, so really the hardest part of living there was adapting to being stuck on an island with very limited opportunities to leave. Also it was before the internet and cell phones, so the best way to communicate with friends and family stateside was to (gasp!) write letters. I dealt with it by staying active socially, playing a lot of racquetball, working out at the gym daily and writing lots of letters!
Tell me something unique about yourself.
I flew airplanes for twenty years, but am afraid of heights.