Hi, and thanks for being with us. Can you tell us your name? Any nicknames?
Heather Denton (Mrs. Denton – or Dragon Lady)
Where can we find you on the internet?
Instagram – Dragon.Lady.Denton
How did “Dragon Lady” come to be an identifier?
I think I gave it to myself, but I’m not really sure. Somehow it became a thing at school. When I get really upset (usually about bullying) my ears turn red, then my face, then my neck. I get really quiet and dangerous. Kids who have seen her swear smoke comes out my ears. I have multiple pictures made by teachers and students alike, trying to capture the horror that she is – none have come close.
What do you do for a living?
I am a middle school theatre teacher. I have taught at Rugby Middle School for 18 years.
Do you mind telling us how old you are?
41. Loud and proud.
Where do you call home?
In Hendersonville, North Carolina in reality, at the beach in my mind.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve visited?
My classroom. It’s always changing. Something is ALWAYS happening!
A new student comes into your classroom in the middle of the year. What’s the experience like for them?
Well, if they come into my class in the middle of the year, they probably come in with everybody else. Kids get me for only nine weeks at a time each year. So everybody gets a little taste of each exploratory we have. Thus the term “exploratory.” But as to my class – they see me with my multi-colored hair being a crazy lady. I love to make my kids laugh, so I just get weird and silly. I purposely “try” to be cool and purposely fail miserably. Thus, strangely, I AM cool. My kids will experience Shakespeare, Moliere, Sophocles, and Broadway, just to name a few. I lead a very high energy class that (hopefully) everyone knows is a safe space for all. And I don’t mean just a safe space to act crazy and have fun. I mean, no making fun of others (unless it’s me!), no leaving anyone out based on looks, money, etc. and if you identify anyway in your life, you can be who you need to be there.
Your favorite meal would be?
Raw oysters, crab legs, and shrimp. Sides optional.
People who ask what my pet peeve is. No, not really. Students who whine. About everything. Ugh! Soooooooo annoying! Why won’t they STOOOOOPPP?
Favorite book, or movie, or television show?
Movie – So I Married An Axe Murderer; Book – More of a genre – fantasy; TV Show – Pretty much any cooking show but my guilty pleasure is Hell’s Kitchen.
What’s the appeal of “Hell’s Kitchen?” (And, if you don’t mind, tell us why it’s a “guilty” pleasure?)
Well, the appeal of Hell’s Kitchen is obviously Gordon Ramsay. What a hottie!! And it’s a guilty pleasure because it’s obviously trash TV. I should be watching something life changing, like “This is Us” or something. Instead I binge watch old episodes and drool over the cursing, hottie chef!
If people want to pray for you, they could pray for……?
I would say patience, but when I pray for patience God thinks it’s funny to TEACH it rather than just *poof* give it! So, if people want to pray for me, they could pray for my aunt’s health.
I absolutely agree with you about praying for patience. Bad, bad idea. Can you tell us a little about your aunt?
My Aunt Diane lives in Waynesville down the way from my mom. They are very close despite Di being 11 years older than my mom. (My mom was a miracle baby!) She has COPD and emphysema. She’s been having a hard time lately.
Are you married or have you been? Any kids? Grandkids? Pets?
I am married to a great guy, Jason Denton. No kids, unless you count the 600 I teach every year. I do have one grandkid. Ha! One dog – Toonie. She is the cutest darn thing!
One thing many people don’t know you can do?
Bend and hook my thumbs behind my hand.
I’m not sure I needed to know that, but thanks. If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
Go to the beach (that is, if I had the $), read a book, direct a show. (I have a bunch of free time in the summer so I fill it with directing or acting usually!)
Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered.
I am in Killer Theater- a comedy, murder mystery, interactive dinner theater group.
Thanks much. Okay, this is “Advice for Everyone,” so I need to ask you to give some counsel to help people out. Can I ask you to give us some advice for seafood lovers? How to tell a good restaurant, how to get the most out of the meal, the best way to eat oysters or crack crab legs, anything that might come to mind. Hit us with your best shot.
Okay. Advice for seafood lovers. Eat it. Yeah. That’s it. Just eat it! Doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. Oh, and most importantly, invite me. 😊
That’s brilliant in its elegant simplicity, Heather. Thanks much for letting us get to know you a little bit, and God bless.