I quietly watched him interact with several of his kids without him knowing. I also sorta kinda maybe eavesdropped a little on some student teacher mentoring before introducing myself, but if challenged I’m pretty sure I can insist it was entirely unintentional.
Here’s what I learned before even shaking his hand: John Waldron has that ineffable “it” that makes people around him feel capable and bold, but challenged to do better. Talking to him made me want to be a better teacher, read more, and swear less - but in an awesome, "got this!" kinda way. It was weird.