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Interview #985: Levan, Susan L. (June, 2009)

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00:37:40 - 00:40:25 Retirement

retirement, family, FEMA, future,

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00:37:40

SL

EJ; Okay, okay. And, let me think, I don't think I need to talk to about retirement yet, huh? (both laugh).

SL

Well, my husband is retired and there are some days when I envy him.

EJ

Yeah? Do you have any plans to retire soon then, or just with the workaholic nature are you just--?

SL

I will probably retire, you know, my, in three, four, five years, something like that. No it's not three, it's really four, four or five years. I' m thinking about retirement, but you know, as the closer is gets, I always push it out of here. But I want to make sure that when I do retire, I have things to do.

EJ

Yeah, would you stay on as a consultant or a contract worker after you retire?

SL

I've thought about that. I've thought about doing, because I do manage a grants program, I've thought about being a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). When we do have these disasters, FEMA likes to hire previous federal employees, particularly that have that grants, to go down and help communities. And that's kind of, you can do it when you want, you can say no, but you are on their list and I've thought about doing that.

EJ

Okay.

SL

I've thought about teaching math at a community college or local high school being a math tutor. Math always came easy to me, well being a physics major, probably you too, and but, some girls just struggle with it. My daughter struggled with math. And it's like a language and I think in many cases you have to approach them that it's a language and because they go well I don't understand why and it's just like, it's like rules, it's like cooking, you know, so much of this, so much of this, so much of this, it's kind of just, you just follow the rule book. And so I think that girls need to be taught math differently than boys.

EJ

Yeah, I've tutored a lot of girls in math myself, I understand (both laugh).

SL

Well is X plus B? Why do they call it X? Why isn't it Y? Well it could be Y, you know.

EJ

Change the letters. That's what I always said, what letters do you prefer?

SL

Yep, so but they just don't' understand why.

EJ

I always found it was nice and satisfying, though, when you got through to them.

SL

Oh yeah, yeah.

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