Deb Soifer, Ph.D., is delighted to be simultaneously the oldest and newest member of the HGHW Board. Deb is a lifelong educator, having taught content as varied as Sanskrit and Spanish, Amazonian mythologies and Asian cooking to students from kindergarten through graduate school.
She taught at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, and China Middle and Vassalboro Community Schools, as well as at Waterville Adult Ed. She taught and served on the Board of Directors of Let’s Talk Language School in Waterville for its duration. She wrote and received grants to start a foreign language program at the China Middle School and a farm-to-school week at Vassalboro Community School, going on to run both programs. In addition to her love of teaching, Deb has always been involved in some aspect of the food world as a Chinese chef, private cook, restaurant owner, goat dairy worker, and home cook and gardener.
Having grown up in and married into male-dominant families, having been Mom to two boys and Aunt Deb to 5 nephews, Deb strives to maintain her balance through seeking and fostering strong relationships with women friends of all ages and by mentoring girls. Becoming involved in HGHW as a member of the GR!A Committee for 3 years has been an inspiration to Deb as she continues to meet and work with brilliant, feisty girls and women.
Five Questions with Deb
Favorite book: Can’t choose just one! Song of Solomon and Beloved by
Toni Morrison, Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, A Place in Time by Wendell Berry.
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: Respect by Aretha Franklin
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: My henhouse! They get it!!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Begins with an early morning swim with loons, includes time in the garden, time with family, cooking and sharing a meal and laughing a lot.