How long have you been working at Hopkins and how long in education?
I have been at Hopkins since 2017 and I started as a work study in 2011.
Where did you grow up and how long have you lived in this area?
I grew up just outside of Orleans Parish Louisiana. I could walk and catch a ferry to New Orleans the city as a child. I moved to Grays Harbor after Hurricane Katrina and have been here since.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My high school JROTC (Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps) teacher. He is the type of person who stands up for someone even when they are not able to do it themselves. He was very understanding of my medical journey, which caused me to miss a lot of school. I am fortunate to now call him a friend. He made school a better place simply by existing and if I can do that for one person, then every moment of stress will be worth it.
What do you enjoy about working with preschoolers and their families?
No matter how hard the day is, no matter how frustrating something can be, a random kid will run up and hug me or say something sweet. Then none of the bad things matter anymore.
What do you do when you are not at school?
I do a lot of homesteading. I raise a lot of my food and preserve it via smoking, dehydrating, and canning methods. I also knit and crochet, embroider, and sew. It all keeps me busy. I struggle with not having anything to do.
What is something that never fails to make you laugh or smile?
The smell of night-blooming jasmine or a random mason jar showing up on my desk. It always makes me smile because it reminds me of my grandmother and I know it is something that will keep me busy.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I have honestly never really thought about that. I guess to be able to do magic like on Bewitched. Where things could just be done so I could jump through tasks I find boring and move on to the fun stuff.