“It taught me to think about diversity… We automatically think, ‘We’ll just add as many people to the mix and figure it out.’ The class taught me the reason why we do this is that different people’s experiences shape their knowledge. So when you read something and find someone who’s not like you, you’re not just reading about them and their experiences — you’re learning a new way to think about the world, you’re helping to rearrange your own paradigms and that can really impact the way you’re able to see and notice things.”
What do you love about teaching at APH?
If you’ve ever walked into an APH classroom, one of the first things you notice is the furniture arrangement. There are no desks, only tables, which nurtures participatory discussion and a Socratic Seminar style of teaching. And, it brings teachers to the table with their students. “When I was in high school, my teachers were these strange mythical figures… [at APH], it’s not like that; I know my students, I talk to my students… and I really appreciate that closeness, and it makes me better as a teacher, because we’re humans to each other.”
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Did you know that Dr. Gable was originally interested in being a Chemistry major in college? “I have a deep and abiding interest in science. Now, I read a lot of science fiction and history of science. I’m a closet science nerd,” she laughs. Her favorite sci-fi authors? Ursula K. Le Guin and Roger Zelazny, to name just two for your reading list!