Dr. Joe Heywood

1) What initially brought you to Moab?

I enjoy interesting jobs within education. We found a small, struggling charter school here in Moab back in 2008 that looked like an adventure.

2) What do you love most about living in Moab?

I love the landscape and all of the activities it provides. But I also enjoy the eclectic and energetic community that really provides a lot of wonderful events and diversions for such a small town.

3) What do you dislike about living in Moab?

I wish fresh fruit didn’t cost so much. Other than that, Moab’s pretty much perfect.

4) What is your occupation?

I am the Director of the Moab Charter School.

5) If you could have any job in the world, what would you most like to do?

I would play baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. A close second is doing anything that provides great opportunities for kids. So, I’m pretty lucky in that regard.

6) Describe a typical day in your life.

At the charter school workdays. On days off, I love running, reading, hunting, being with my four kids, or hanging out with my wife, Brandi. During football season, I probably watch way too much football.

7) Some people have bumper stickers on their car that reads: I’d Rather be Sailing. What would your bumper sticker read? I’d Rather Be…

Duck hunting.

8) Tell us one thing people don’t usually know about you.

I own a $120 ping pong paddle, and I know how to use it.

9) In high school, you would have been considered the person most likely to…

Grow up to be an artist. Growing up, I always had a sketch pad and pen with me, and I started out in college as an art major.

10) What is your favorite Moab activity?

I really love running through the Moab landscape. I run marathons, so from January through July, I am usually doing long runs out through the country. I love just tuning everything out for several hours listening to my breath and thinking.

11) Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit.

My wife’s family lives in Star Valley, Wyo., and I love the mountains and farm country surrounding that area.

12) What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?

Marrying my best friend and having four great kids, who are really four good friends.

13) If you were President, what’s the first thing you’d do to make life better in America?

I’d trim down the government and get back to smaller government that the voters actually have control over.

14) What superhero power would you most like to have?

To snap my fingers and have water on hand. Then I wouldn’t have to carry it when I run – that’s pretty annoying. Plus, you could go around the world providing water for those who need it. That sounds lame, but it would be pretty cool.

15) If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why?

An eagle. It looks appealing to just get up and fly around and drift on the currents.

16) What is your all time favorite movie?

“The Big Country,” “Pride and Prejudice,” or “Nacho Libre.”

17) And, your all time favorite book?

The three books I’ve read the most are probably Chaim Potok’s, “My Name is Asher Lev,” Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” and David McCullough’s “John Adams.”

18) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three CDs would you want to have with you?

Give me U2’s “Joshua Tree” and I would be happy.

19) If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

John Adams. I think the two of us would talk for weeks on end on a variety of subjects.

20) What is your life philosophy?

I believe deeply in God, family, and living a rich and diverse life full of activity.