Award-winning actress Sela Ward
has starred in many movies, including
The Guardian and The Fugitive, and
is widely known for her work on
television in the critically acclaimed
dramatic series Once and Again,
as well as in the medical drama
House. But her greatest performance
may have been establishing Hope Village in Meridian, Mississippi,
which aids abused and neglected
children. She is working to create
similar nurturing spaces across the
What is your idea of a perfect teacher?
One who is stimulating, creative, and patient.
What was your most memorable school
As a cheerleader, being run over by the football
team as they charged onto the field.
What was the low point of your school career?
A very mean math teacher who ruined my
favorite subject for me, forever.
Did you go to public or private school?
Where did you fit in your schools' social
As a cheerleader at a school in the South, it
didn't get much better.
What was your favorite subject?
Originally math, and then art.
If you could change one thing about education
in America, what would it be?
Spend more time on concepts, themes, and
big-picture perspective and less time on memorizing
What is impossible to learn in school?
What you can get only from the love and support
of some derivation of a family.
What should they teach that they don't teach
Life skills and how to study.
What did you learn today?
Too much of even a good thing is too much;
and, at the hair salon today, I learned that
people actually dye their hair pink.
What did you teach?
Negotiating skills to my eight-year-old
What is in your dream lunch box?
Two spicy tuna hand rolls, two baked crab hand
rolls, soy beans, miso soup, and a great glass
If you wrote a textbook, what would it be called?
What It All Really Means . . .
If the prom were tomorrow, whom would you
The two favorite men in my life: my husband
and my son.