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Marti Canipe – The NAU Review

NAU Communications sat with Marty CanepShe is an Assistant Professor in the Teaching and Learning Department and a recent Jeopardy! Get to know her on a more personal level. Read our questions and answers below.


Why did you want to be in “Jeopardy!”?

I’ve been enjoying trivia games and quizzes for a long time. I’m starting to want to be in “Jeopardy!” When I was on the Quiz Bowl in high school and watched it “to study”. I am a person who loves to learn, and I think “Danger!” It is a show that celebrates knowledge and learning.

How did it look?

It was really a dream come true. “Danger!” The crew is amazing, and from start to finish they made us all feel so welcome and privileged. I got goosebumps the first time I stood on the platform behind the podium, and “Jeopardy!” It is a really fun game. I’m so glad I got to be part of the Masters Tournament because in addition to participating in “Danger!” I’ve met and hanged out with 16 of the most interesting and fun professors from all over the country.

What advice would you give to others “Danger!” Optimists?

Marty’s love of the outdoors started early.

I would say take the test online and see what happens. In terms of getting ready, my advice is to play trivia games, read a lot across different topics and watch a lot of “Jeopardy!”

Tell me about an important childhood memory and how it affected your life today.

Many of my fondest childhood memories include exploring nature. I grew up in North Carolina, had woods and a wall behind our house, and spent a lot of time exploring them. I was always collecting things I found in the woods and trying to catch lobsters in the creek. These experiences led to a love of science and a tendency to question the natural world. This led to me getting a job in science education, where I tried to share this love of science and wonder with the students. Now as a teacher of science teachers, I not only want my students to develop a love of science, but I also try to help them learn how to support future students’ sense of wonder.

What have you been most proud of lately?

I recently received an award Funding Grants From the National Science Foundation to develop science content courses for primary education majors at NAU. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time as part of my efforts to make sure my elementary teachers feel prepared and confident in their ability to teach science.

Marty Canep feet over the Grand Canyon
The view from Marty’s perfect day

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

My perfect day would start with breakfast and coffee at one of the great breakfast spots in Flagstaff. Then I head to the Grand Canyon, which is my “happy place,” and walk along the rim trail until I find a quiet place where I can sit for a while. I might take a good book with me to read as soon as I find a quiet place off the track.

What are the three things on your wish list and why?

  1. Visit all seven continents – I love to travel and see other parts of the world. In my opinion, travel is one of the most educational things you can do. I especially love visiting national parks and natural areas when I travel.
  2. Write a science book for children – I believe books and reading are an important part of learning. I would like to write one that supports children’s sense of wonder, which is one of the most important things about learning science.
  3. I live abroad for a short time – I would love to live in Flagstaff, but would like to live in another country to live elsewhere as a resident rather than a tourist.

What is your philosophy in life?

My favorite word is “wonder,” and I think that describes how I like to deal with life. I try to approach each day and stand with a sense of wonder. This makes me ask questions about what I’m observing and try to learn new things whenever I can.

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