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Eleanor now teaches at Columbia University

I am obsessed with reading and have been since I was a kid. I would read comics, seed catalogues, anything really, though I especially liked historical fiction and history. I was so obsessed that I brought a book to read when I went out to dinner with my family—in case the food took a long time to arrive!

I always wanted to teach. At first I wanted to teach primary school, then middle school, and then, when I got older, I wanted to teach teachers. These days I teach at Columbia University in New York, which I enjoy because students ask questions that make me think of things I hadn't thought of before. I encourage students to ask questions and to understand that there is often no single right answer to a question.