Batavia resident Barb McKittrick, 51, was working as a naturalist at the opening of the new Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles when she answered 11 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Where did you grow up? Chicago
Pets? A corn snake named Spots, a Russian tortoise named Gumpy and a pink-toed tarantula named Pinky. They’re my son’s, but I take care of them.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Jodie Foster
First job? Scooping ice cream at my parents’ Baskin-Robbins. They owned two.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a doctor, and I became a biologist.
A book you’d recommend? “Into the Woods,” the book by James Lapine and the movie
What game show would you be on? “Jeopardy”
Favorite charity? National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Do you speak another language? A little German
Favorite local restaurant? El Taco Grande in Batavia
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? Once I was set on fire by a bananas foster at an old restaurant in Geneva. The waiter put me out. My hair caught fire and burned off my eyebrows. I got a good haircut out of it. The restaurant paid for it.