Molly Daley is the Regional Mathematics Coordinator for STEM Initiatives in the Student & School Success Department.

How long have you worked for ESD 112 and what does your job entail?

I am wrapping up my 3rd year. I work with teachers, schools, districts on all things math PK-12. Mostly I provide or coordinate professional learning here or on-site. My favorite projects are those that allow me to work with students or teachers from one site for an extended period of time.

What do you like best about your job?

I like the creative freedom. I get to dream up ideas in this job and then figure out how to make them real. Yes, we respond to needs, as well, but I love the freedom to explore my own questions, problems and solutions.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

I think this is the type of job in which you could always be doing more than you are. It can be tough to keep the focus on what you ARE doing and not see just what you wish you were doing.

What do you consider to be your greatest on-the-job skill or asset?

I think I am open to different ideas and I listen to understand a district/school’s needs before offering solutions. I don’t expect magic solutions that work for everyone and I am interested in exploring new ideas and trying fresh approaches in different contexts.

Molly as Draco and her son Owen as Harry at Halloween.

Single? Married? Kids? Pets?

I share my home with one husband (Greg), one son (Owen, 11), and one dog (Duke, 2).

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?

I like golfing, playing tennis, playing soccer, running, yoga, and being with friends. I also like crossword puzzles, reading or listening to books, and attending sporting events.

If your coworkers wanted to surprise you with a little treat sometime what should it be?

Hm…I feel like I should choose wisely. I guess coffee is always good. Or maybe an impromptu walk outside if it is sunny and not cold.

What is something that no one would guess about you if they just met you?

My mom was a nun- I am thankful she quit!

What animal best represents you and why?

I have a fondness for turtles. They seem wise and peaceful.

Would you rather live in the city or the woods? Why?

I’d say city. I would walk a lot and be close to everything I need.

What teacher inspired you the most? How did they?

I have had MANY influential teachers, but Mrs. Dodsworth was the first. She was my Kindergarten teacher and she made me feel smart and important. Every Kindergarten student should feel so welcome and connected in school.

What was your most interesting past job?

I have really liked all my jobs. I loved working at Pier 1 and I would love to work the holidays there when I am retired. I also like McDonald’s at the mall (all my friends worked there and the rest of my friends would go to the mall). My first job was as a server at a Chinese restaurant and the family that owned it was nice enough to include me in their Chinese New Year feast and other family meals after closing.

What famous person do people always say you look like?

I am always told I look the most like whichever blonde on TV has hair similar to mine. I used to get Tori Spelling (90210) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends) and Gwyneth Paltrow (pseudo-science website curator). Can you guess that my hair was long and straight? Then it was the girl from scrubs and Watson’s wife on Sherlock when I had mid-length hair. Most recently I have been likened to Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones. I am pretty sure that hair is the only common denominator among me and any of these famous ladies.