Last Day Q&A: Shannon Ford

Professional Development Coordinator Shannon Ford is a Renaissance Woman, in both the Early Childhood field and in her time out of work. Read more below to learn the many pieces that make Shannon the unique person she is today.

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What three traits define you?

Resilient, loyal, and fun-loving

What is your personal philosophy?

Timing is everything! It took me a really long time to realize that my life doesn’t run on my timeline, that there’s a greater power involved, and His timeline is what matters. Trust the process. Good things come to those who wait (just ask the Chicago Cubs)!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

One of my most favorite stress relievers is taking a hot bath at the end of the day. I could not live without my garden tub.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Raising my son as a single mom has been my greatest challenge, but it’s also been my greatest pleasure. There are so many negative statistics associated with children from single parent homes. Always having those statistics in the back of my mind was a true motivator in beating the odds and doing everything in my power to create the best life possible for the both of us.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A year ago, I would’ve answered a McDonald’s Coke. Today I would say salmon!

What is your greatest fear?

As I have gotten older, I can honestly say I fear less. However, one constant was always the fear of missing out (FOMO). The life of a single parent is a busy one and I threw myself into parenting 100%. I’m sure I missed out on things and didn’t take advantage of things presented to me because I was SO focused on being a mom. 2019 is my year of #noregrets.

Where is your favorite place to be?

Wrigley Field in Chicago…go Cubs!

What is your favorite thing to do?

Spending time with my fun-loving, dysfunctional family.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Ireland and England. Mom, my aunt, grandma, and I went for two weeks to visit my sister who was studying abroad. We flew in to Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day and drove cross-country to Shannon, Ireland. Eventually we ended up in London. Great memories! I would go back in a heartbeat!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I’ve been blessed with good jobs, nothing bizarre or peculiar.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

This is an easy one: flying cars! Or better yet, how about just a driver, that’s what I would want most!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Working for the Chicago Cubs in some capacity

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Life is about much more than the white picket fence. Again, trust in the process.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Go Cubs! Oh, Jacob! and Seriously?

What is the best book you have ever read?

Any book written by Michael Gurian.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I played softball in college.

Ask Shannon additional questions in the comments below!