In clay reporter Kendall Endres’ office, Ms. Valerie Frizzle appears at the door
Kendall Endres: Come on in, Ms. Frizzle! Thank you for meeting me! I appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedule.
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: Oh it’s no trouble, dear. I am happy to answer your questions.
Kendall Endres: Okay so first, off the record, that dress is amazing.
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: This old thing? Why it was $25 on Amazon! But thank you. Now what was it you wanted to discuss?
Kendall Endres: I wanted to ask you a few questions about who you are and what you do. You are famous for that extraordinary yet unassuming school bus out there so, of course, we’ll need to talk about that and is that a LIZARD in your pocket?!
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: Her name is Liz and she’s a chameleon. Why?
Kendall Endres: How cool! I’ve never been this close to a real chameleon before! What did you say her name was again?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: It’s Liz. You can hold her if you’d like.
Kendall Endres: …Liz? Liz the lizard?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: Chameleon.
Kendall Endres: Right. Of course. I’m getting sidetracked. Let’s come back to Liz the chameleon later. Tell me about yourself. Where did you go to school?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: I went to Hogwarts. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s only the best school in the world for people like us. I was a Ravenclaw. Some of the best times of my life were spent in the observatory at night. That’s where I discovered my passion for science!
Kendall Endres: Oh! A Hogwarts alumni AND a fellow Ravenclaw? Go figure! So, after your Hogwarts years, you entered the muggle world to teach?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: Yes, I wanted to help the next generation to be better citizens of this planet that everyone, magical or muggle, needs to live on and felt the most direct way to do that was through teaching.
Kendall Endres: How very noble of you! Now let’s talk about your teaching style. It’s quite unusual, taking muggle children on magical field trips. It’s also, as I understand, quite effective. You have really made a positive impact on the children. What do you think makes your teaching style so effective?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: Excellent observation, Kendall. Unusual but effective. I couldn’t have said it better myself! It is my philosophy that the best teachers keep children engaged in the material. Fun without material is useless. Material without fun is equally useless. A healthy balance of both is what will stick with the children for their whole lives.
Kendall Endres: That’s really interesting. It seems like you have really mastered that healthy balance. How did you acquire that balance?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: It was a matter of experience and good examples. For any profession at all, these are absolute necessities especially when crafting a teaching style as everyone will need to do at one point or another. You don’t need to enchant a school bus to be a good teacher. You simply need to be a good listener. That’s how you figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Kendall Endres: Good advice! Everyone will have to teach something at some point in their career so it’s good to have advice like that. Managers, medical professionals, and editors are just a few! But now about that famous bus, do you mind if we take a look around?
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: Oh but of course! Come on bus, do your stuff!
The office disappears around them, replaced by the inside of a school bus.
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: The best part of the school bus is that it looks and works just like any other regular school bus. It’s my wand that does the shrinking and waterproofing and shift-shaping along with everything else this bus has done.
Kendall Endres: That’s fascinating!
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: There’s lots of storage space too! If only I had time to show you… I really should be heading off though. It was lovely to talk to you, dear. I do hope you’ll call again sometime. I do enjoy my time in your lovely office.
Kendall Endres: *stepping out of the bus* I’d like that too! Until then so long, Ms. Frizzle. Goodbye, Liz the Lizard!
Valerie Felicity Frizzle: She’s a chameleon! *waving as she flies off in the bus*