I Am West Georgia
Danilo M. Baylen
Years at UWG: I am on my second year as faculty in the College of Education.
My job title: Associate Professor.
What I really do: Think, share and try to make a difference in small doses.
Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines.
Family: I’m the eldest of four – a brother and two sisters. We just celebrated my mother’s 70th birthday and I was included in the family picture courtesy of a laptop, video camera and broadband connection.
People describe me as: Demanding, dependable and detail oriented – not necessarily in this order.
My favorite things to do: Reading children’s books and nurturing bonsai trees.
My proudest accomplishment: Completing doctoral work at Northern Illinois University.
My passion: Designing creative strategies that integrate technology-based tools to impact student learning. I really get a big kick when I see those “a ha” moments in my students.
My pet peeve: Mediocrity.
Before UWG, I: Lived in Fort Myers, Florida, and worked as faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University.
I joined UWG because: I saw an opportunity to merge my interest in instructional technology and children’s literature.
I stay because: I still have a lot to learn.
One thing I would change about UWG: It’s too early to say.
The best advice I ever received: Even though the top is crowded, there’s always a place for those who excel.
The best advice I’d give to new faculty and staff: Keep smiling – it makes people wonder. Keep your mouth shut unless you have something constructive (positive) to contribute.
When I was a child, I wanted to be: Working in a religious order.
Most people don't know that: I worked in Southeast Asian refugee camps for five years and learned to speak more than 10 languages.
My favorite quotation: There are no mistakes, only yearning and learning.
The book I think everyone should read: "Teaching as a Subversive Activity," "Razor’s Edge" and "Fountainhead."
The movie I think everyone should watch: "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Dancing with Wolves."
My favorite memory: Sitting on my grandfather’s lap and listening to him make up stories to entertain the grandchildren.
What I would most like to have if castaway on an island: A rich imagination.
What I would do if I won the lottery: Pay mortgages, buy and donate books to my high school alma mater, and use my summer to do volunteer work.
What I most want to contribute to students: Nurture your passion. Always become greater than who you are at the moment.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I like to cook especially Asian dishes when there’s an opportunity to entertain.
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