ROC Spotlight Series - Kevin McGowan

What are you reading?

I have a night stand full of false starts, pauses and reads that themselves are on sabbatical. I tend to read texts related to my work quite a bit. The most recent being Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World by Kathleen Hurley and Priscilla Shumway. This is a great book about successful female leaders and the traits and development that have been the most valuable in their professional and personal growth. 

As far as pleasure reads, I'm in the middle of Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle. Fr. Boyle is a Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries, a series of projects focused on giving former gang members in LA opportunities to find redemption, meaning and a future outside of their previous life. I've also just started Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I'm hoping to better grasp what I think is a really interesting mystery around the story, its publication and its relationship to "mockingbird."


What are you listening to? 

I've become really enamored with playlists on Spotify. Although I enjoy music, I'm not nearly the aficionado that many people may be. Left to my own devices I wouldn't branch out very far from my long listened to favorites. Most recently I was inspired by the annual Warren Miller movie premiere at the Auditorium Theater to follow the Warren Miller Ski Life playlist and have really enjoyed an array of tunes I'd probably otherwise miss out on.


What is the last album or song that you downloaded?

I just downloaded the newest Coldplay album, A Head Full of Dreams. I've long been a fan of theirs and am really enjoying this particular album. It seems to be a little more eclectic and a little faster in some spots, most notably the first single Adventure of a Lifetime.


Do you have a favorite podcast(s)? 

I really enjoy This American Life and couldn't get enough of Serial. I'm looking forward to the Serial follow up and digging into some of the related podcasts that I've just recently heard about. 


What are you currently watching on TV? 

Homeland and Fargo. My wife and I don't watch a ton of TV, purely because of time, but we do really enjoy finding a compelling series and then watching the episodes in pretty rapid succession, if not by binging. We're late to the party on Homeland but have been on the edge of our seats through the first two seasons at this point. Season 2 of Fargo has been interesting, although we found Season 1 to be a little more spellbinding. It tends to take a backseat to Homeland more often than not.


What is the last movie you saw?

I watched Me, Earl and the Dying Girl on a recent flight. It was at different times deep, dark, thoughtful and sad. It presented a beautiful perspective on life, and death while attempting to dig a little bit into teenage psyche.


Who are you following on Twitter?

My Twitter activity is more work based and news gathering more than anything else. In additional to some pretty standard news feeds, NY Times, CNN, the D&C, etc... I follow several other school superintendents and organizations related to education, educational advocacy, policy makers and politicians. I also follow the Brighton Arts and Brighton Athletics feeds, especially during sectional play! Letters of Note is another great one to follow providing some food for thought and a glimpse into the mind of some fascinating characters. 


How do you spend your Sundays?

Chasing three kids and really enjoying our time together. We like to go to mass at some point over the weekend. We're also big fans of spending the morning with a fire, the papers, a treat from Maleks in Brighton and CBS Sunday Morning and/or Meet the Press. By the afternoon and depending on everyone's sports schedules, some time outside, a walk up to the Brighton Farmers' Market, or a run down to Hunt Hollow to ski for a bit is right up our alley.