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Secret Life Snap Shot #15

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Believe it or not, there was a time, many years ago, when Secret Lifer Judy was quiet and shy. Times have changed, in part, due to a great teacher. Here’s Judy’s story:

“This is a picture of me in pre-school. Back then, I was EXTREMELY shy. I mean to the point where I wouldn’t talk to the teachers! I would nod my head yea or no when asked questions, but that was it. I would, however, talk to my two best friends, Esther and Aubrey, out on the playground or whisper in their ears during class. The teachers were on to me… they knew i was still learning despite my silence with them. One teacher in particular made a big difference in my life at the time. I wish I could remember her name. She had long brown hair and had braces and was the nicest woman in the world in my eyes. She spent a lot of one-on-one time with me during class. During recess she would share her snack with me. She liked to eat potato chips with a slice of pickle on top. I even recall going to a movie and getting ice cream with her one Saturday. She was awesome. Over time, I started trusting her and eventually whispered in her ear. I love that she spent the extra time to understand and work with me. We need more teachers like that.”

You’d never guess it now, but when she was a girl…Judy was a whisperer

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Joshua Seftel

    Executive Producer Joshua Seftel’s love for science started at a young age. He was a Pre-Medical Sciences major in college, and his first job out of school was as a high school physics teacher. Meanwhile, Josh discovered a passion for filmmaking and made his first documentary, the Emmy-nominated “Lost and Found” (1992), about the plight of Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. He hasn’t stopped making films since, including “Taking on the Kennedys” (1996) and “War, Inc” (2008) starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, and Ben Kingsley. Josh also directed the first season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and helped develop the Emmy-nominated PBS children’s show “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.” He has long been committed to public broadcasting and is a frequent contributor to “Nova Science Now.”