Maggie Rathert

My day job was being a high school marketing teacher. I worked at East High School for four years and Verona High School for 24.

My most memorable caffeine was learning to drink cappuccinos, which happened courtesy of my mother. We used to go for a walks and wrap up with cappuccinos as a reward. This was her special coffee and she introduced me to them.

My current caffeine of choice is now plain, black coffee. Lactose has been an issue since having surgery for ampullary cancer, so no more dairy in my coffee!

My favorite place for caffeine is a toss up between the Steep and Brew in Market Square and the Colectivos on Monroe Street.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is my mom. She died four years ago and it would be great to have a chance to sit  and enjoy a cappuccino with her again.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: I’d pick two. Global warming, which would have made my dad happy—he was a scientist and a Darwin expert—and pancreas cancers. More than 50,000 people are diagnosed with this cancer each year and 40,000 die. Even the smallest level of progress would make a difference. One local group that’s working hard to address this is the UW Carbone Cancer Center.