Sally Krause teaches her students to love learning for life

Sally Krause is one of six children born in Staten Island, N.Y., to librarian/teacher Constance Krause and business owner Frank Krause. Sally Krause said she loved to write stories and poetry at a young age and created her own newspaper at age 7, which sold for 5 cents a copy. Family and friends were loyal customers.

Her entrepreneurial abilities were unfortunately short-lived. But she discovered a love for teaching soon after. “My first students were a group of stuffed animals lined in rows on my bed. My class was remarkably quiet and such excellent listeners! I was jazzed,” she said.

Krause then moved to one-on-one tutoring with her dog, Jeff, named by her siblings after the rock group Jefferson Airplane. “Jeff was a much more animated pupil, but he did have some attention issues,” she said.

When her first niece was born, she said she was happy to have an actual little person on whom to practice her burgeoning craft. She was thrilled when she began baby-sitting more nieces, and then baby-sitting for families when she reached high school.

“I loved children and knew I would teach someday. Teaching became my major in college, and I was happily following in my mom’s profession. Now, many years later, I am still teaching, and I return to Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Jersey shore two to three times a year to visit my siblings, and 11 nieces and nephew. We are a close family, and our 91-year-old mom remains a catalyst for bringing the family together.”

What brought you to La Jolla?

Moreen Fielden, former lower school director at La Jolla Country Day School, who went on to head The Gillispie School in La Jolla, invited me to come out for an interview in the spring of 1987. I met her and former Headmaster Tim Burns, fell in love with the school, and quickly got bitten by the La Jolla bug.

I was put up in the former Travelodge in La Jolla’s Village and took walks on the beach and strolled throughout the Village before and after my interview.

To be able to eat lunch with the children outside all year long seemed very inviting. And to be a part of the Country Day community was truly a blessing: amazing students; caring and gifted faculty/staff; and an involved, supportive parent body.

Favorite haunts in town?

Come On In for breakfast, Girard Gourmet for lunch, Pannikin for coffee, Roppongi or George’s for dinner, Tapenade for fine French dining, Hotel Valencia for special occasions, La Jolla Playhouse, Warwick’s, SK Sanctuary for stress relief, and the seal beach, particularly when out-of-towners come to visit.

What might you add to improve La Jolla?

I would add more live music in bars and coffeehouses! I would take away the excessive traffic to keep the walkable, charming, Village-feel intact. La Jolla needs a theater again for independent films and inspiring lectures.

What inspires you?

Intelligence, kindness, humor, grace, positive people, positive attitudes, hard workers, other-centeredness, originality, music, poetry and nature are there for starters.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who would you invite?

Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Eckert Tolle, Oprah Winfrey, Joni Mitchell, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and my late father, Frank Krause, and me!

What you are reading?

I just reread “A New Earth” by Eckert Tolle, “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott, and am enjoying Mary Oliver’s “New and Selected Poems, Volume Two.” She is my favorite poet. I am in the middle of “A Change in Altitude” by Anita Shreve. She is a great storyteller, and I really enjoy the character development in her books.

Most-prized possession?

I treasure my family and friends, and cherish my eclectic music collection.

I just bought my first home, a condo in La Jolla Renaissance. In addition to finally growing up, it gives me tax write-offs and a serene retreat to come home to.

Favorite movies?

“The Sound of Music,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Rear Window,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Sixth Sense.”

Greatest accomplishment?

That would be teaching children to enjoy learning. I use humor, fun and strive for excellence in my teaching. I try to help each child appreciate his or her own uniqueness as well as the similarities and differences among all peoples and cultures. La Jolla Country Day supports me in these endeavors. The school encourages its teachers to nurture that scholar, artist, athlete and good, caring person within us all.

Philosophy of life?

“Be here now,” Ram Dass; “Work hard and be kind,” my niece Megan; “We can’t all do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love,” Mother Theresa; and “Life is mysterious, don’t take it too serious!” Lew Brown.