Category Archives: Last Day Q&A

Last Day Q&A: Michelle Terry

Outreach Specialist Michelle Terry brings so much energy and laughter to our team – the perfect combination to get families and providers excited about quality child care!

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What three traits define you?

Humorous, personable, and loyal

What is your personal philosophy?

If you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready!

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

Music

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

Being content with just me, myself and I. Some days, we don’t get along!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A fly high-heel!

What is your greatest fear?

Dying in a car accident

Where is your favorite place to be?

The dance floor

What is your favorite thing to do?

Dance, preferably stepping and line-dancing

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

New Orleans with my best friend. Our only plans were to eat and drink….a true vacation!!

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

Top Flight traffic guard in college….writing tickets and taking names! Oh yeah…reflector vest and all!

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

Robot housekeeper!

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

Cosmetologist

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

Don’t let those C’s in conduct get you down. You will get PAID for talking!

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

Intentional, “See….it’s two-fold”, “In 2.3 seconds….”

What is the best book you have ever read?

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (I believe the wolf!)

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I absolutely LOVE the Medieval Period and Greek Mythology.

Ask Michelle additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Carrie Lamb

Carrie Lamb is our Early Childhood Enhanced Leadership Coach and the newest addition to our coaching team. We’re lucky to have her insight and experience in early childhood! 

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What three traits define you?

Organized, Creative, Resilient

What is your personal philosophy?

Follow your arrow.

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

Books

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

Single parenting, especially during my daughter’s cancer diagnosis and treatment

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

French fries

What is your greatest fear?

Failure

Where is your favorite place to be?

Home, but camping is a close second

What is your favorite thing to do?

I have a few hobbies, but my favorite thing to do is read, and then read some more.

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

My favorite place was Nicaragua, mostly because I could visit with my daughter whom I had not seen for six months, since she was on a year-long mission trip. Nicaragua’s volcanoes are pretty cool too.

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

I’d say working as the “doctor’s domestic help” in the Pioneer Village at Conner Prairie.

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

Without a question, robot housekeepers!

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

Teach

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

I’d borrow some wisdom from John Lennon when he said, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” In other words, it’s not about what has happened, what matters most, is what happens next.

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

So… (used to clarify), That’s no bueno, Hmmmm…

What is the best book you have ever read?

I have to choose ONE? The best book I’ve read lately is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It includes a little bit of love, adventure and life lessons.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’ve made many quilts over the years. On the flip side, I’m married to a punk rocker even though I am not a fan of punk rock!

Ask Carrie additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Erica Woodward

Erica Woodward is our newest staff member and serves as the Pre-K Project Manager for Bartholomew and Jackson Counties. Although she’s new to our team, she’s been working hard for quite a while in Southern Indiana as an advocate for On My Way Pre-K.   Learn more about Erica in this month’s post.

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What three traits define you?

Sympathetic, Listener, Humble

What is your personal philosophy?

Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy.

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

Pictures of my children when they were little

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

Living without my grandparents

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Chips and queso

What is your greatest fear?

That my children will move far away from me when they are older

Where is your favorite place to be?

In my kitchen, surrounded by all of my family

What is your favorite thing to do?

Go out to eat

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

Paris, because I knew that I would never have the opportunity again.

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

I made specialty sandwiches in a deli…and I had no idea what I was doing.

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

Robot Housekeepers, of course!

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

An anchorwoman for the news

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

Never, ever settle!

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

I’m sorry. I’m tired. Clean your room.

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have a sister and a son that are two years apart in age. 😊

Ask Erica additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Vicki Lehman

If you’ve ever been to one of our trainings or watched a LIVE! event on Facebook or Instagram, you’re likely to remember Vicki Lehman’s smile and energy.  As our Professional Development Specialist, we’re proud to have Vicki as one of the faces of our agency.  Learn more about Vicki in this month’s post.

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What three traits define you?

Passionate, Outgoing, Helpful

What is your personal philosophy?

“It is what it is.” – at first glance it seems like it may be a negative thing, BUT I think it is a nice way to look at things.

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

I couldn’t live without travel – I enjoy adventures and exploring and couldn’t imagine NOT being able to do it.

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

We moved around a pretty good amount when I was younger for my dad’s job – this was a challenge but also such an amazing experience. It was hard to move around and make new friends, but at the end of the day I have met so many amazing people and had some awesome life experiences because of it.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Sweets – it’s a problem!

What is your greatest fear?

Failure

Where is your favorite place to be?

The mountains

What is your favorite thing to do?

Travel! Binge watch shows on Netflix.

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

I would have to say Ireland – it is truly beautiful there, and the people are super friendly. Paris would be a close second!

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

I was a “secret shopper” at the dining halls in college. I was in a group of people – we would go to the different dining halls, order whatever we were having for that meal, and then report back to the dining staff about our experiences.

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

Robot Housekeepers – HANDS DOWN!

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

Probably something in the fashion field – like refurbishing vintage pieces and things like that

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

Don’t be so ready to fit in – it is OK to stand out. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself – life is good!

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

“I know, right?”, “It is what it is.”, “Listen,…”

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Lorax – I really like the message!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have been to 37 of the 50 states!

Ask Vicki additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith is a bit of a celebrity at Child Care Answers, because she touches so many people with her work on the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential program.  Learn more about what she’s like when she’s not championing CDA!

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What three traits define you?

Motivated, helpful, detailed

What is your personal philosophy?

Some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue!

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

Of course, my family…but a VERY close second is quiet time away from everything

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

The 100 year flood in 2008 (southern Indiana, 11 inches of rain in less than 12 hours) – and having a baby the next day!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Funny stories

What is your greatest fear?

Disappointing those I care about

Where is your favorite place to be?

The beach

What is your favorite thing to do?

Reading, walking, sitting, playing volleyball…on the beach

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

Mayan Rivera. It was 100 degrees-kind-of-hot outside, there was a beach, and it was on my honeymoon (many years ago)!

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

A director. The list of ‘other duties as assigned’ does not even begin to touch the ridiculous situations that I have gotten into….like chasing Canadian Geese off a playground (or more like being chased by Canadian Geese) as preschool children and teachers cheered me on.

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

Robot housekeepers

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

I would love to be a personal trainer. Would I be successful…..not so sure!

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

Take care of your knees and ankles; playing injured doesn’t feel good 20 years later.

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

For real? Seriously? Come on!

What is the best book you have ever read?

To Kill a Mockingbird

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I had extremely curly hair as a kid

Ask Mollie additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Katherine Darby

Katherine Darby is one of our Infant/Toddler Specialists.  She may describe herself as weird, but we’re charmed by the quirks that make her one-of-a-kind. Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Honest, funny, weird

What is your personal philosophy?

Don’t worry about things that have already happened. You can’t change the past, but your choices can change your future.

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

My husband (awwwwwww)

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

Becoming a blended family. I had no idea how stressful and challenging it would be.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A bad pun

What is your greatest fear?

The unknown. And an irrational fear of clusters of circles.

Where is your favorite place to be?

Wherever I’m comfortable!

What is your favorite thing to do?

Bake

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

Australia – it was my first international trip, and I will never forget it!

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

Camp counselor at a Mennonite summer camp

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

Robot housekeeper!

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

Zoologist

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

Don’t worry so much.

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

Okay doh kay, artay chokay
Seriously!?
Really?

What is the best book you have ever read?

I don’t know if it’s the best but I love My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I used to play the cello.

Ask Katherine additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Courtney Coleman

It’s our Advancement Coach, Courtney Coleman’s turn to share fun tidbits about herself. Read below to get to know Courtney. Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Direct, Funny, Helpful

What is your personal philosophy?

Do unto others as they do unto you.

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

My family

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

Overcoming my own fears of school to advance my career

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Hugs

What is your greatest fear?

Fire

Where is your favorite place to be?

On the beach

What is your favorite thing to do?

Sleep

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

Italy – the food, the experience, and the fear of leaving the country

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

Bagger at Kroger

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

Flying cars

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

Firefighter

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

Puberty will end. 🙂

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

“Bye Felicia”, “Get Your Life Together”, “You Tried It”

What is the best book you have ever read?

Oh! The Places You’ll Go

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’m deathly afraid of the dark.

Ask Courtney additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Jenny Mathis

You can probably already guess that Jenny Mathis, our School Age Specialist , has a passion for older children. Read more about Jenny’s other likes below. Be sure to come back on the last day of each month to find out more about our other staff. You can also click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Passionate, determined, headstrong

What is your personal philosophy?

Hunt for treasure, treasure the hunt.

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

Chocolate

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

The pain of a divorce

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A good dessert

What is your greatest fear?

Dying before seeing my son become a grown man with his own family

Where is your favorite place to be?

Outside in the sun

What is your favorite thing to do?

Go to concerts, boat/camp, attend my son’s sporting events

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

Paris because I love the Eiffel Tower

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

Cleaning toilets/shower houses and planting flowers for state parks(IDNR)

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

Robot housekeeper!

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

Own a wedding barn venue

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

You are enough.

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

That’s so annoying, wanna make a bet, Love it!

What is the best book you have ever read?

Anything Danielle Steele or Nicholas Sparks

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love mowing grass.

Ask Jenny additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Marla Segal

Our Pre-K Project Manager, Marla Segal, helps families and providers learn all there is to know about On My Way Pre-K. Now it’s time to learn more about her! Read about Marla below, and keeping coming back on the last day of each month to find out more about our other staff. You can also click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Kind, positive, and easy-going

What is your personal philosophy?

The glass is always half full.

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

My daughter’s laugh. No matter the mood I’m in, I hear her laugh, and I just can’t resist smiling.

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

I had a speech impediment growing up. My sisters were the only ones who could understand me. I had speech therapy until 7th grade, and I was the happiest child when they told me I did not have to attend in 8th grade!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Donuts! I love them so much.

What is your greatest fear?

Failing as a parent

Where is your favorite place to be?

On a beach reading, preferably in Jamaica

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love to bake.

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

Isla Mujeres. It is a small island off of Cancun, Mexico. It was the first big vacation that my whole family went on. I loved the island, but I also loved making amazing memories.

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

I wouldn’t say it was weird, but I worked at an ice cream store when I was in college. After working there for 3 years, Ice Cream is the one sweet that I CAN resist.

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

At the moment, a robot housekeeper or even just a regular housekeeper!

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

I would be an elementary school teacher. That is what my degree is in, but I started teaching 4-year-olds right out of college, fell in love with Early Childhood and never turned back!

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

Don’t be afraid to take risks and to travel as much as possible!

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

I say “sorry” way too much, “Let’s shake, rattle and roll”, and “no worries”

What is the best book you have ever read?

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was on a jump roping team in 4th and 5th grade. We would perform routines at different schools around the city and also compete in competitions.

Ask Marla additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Cori Newland

Cori Newland is one of our newer staff members, and we’re so happy to have her as our Early Childhood Development Specialist. Read more about Cori below, and keeping coming back on the last day of each month to find out more about our other staff. You can also click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Patient, Stubborn (although some say passionate), Silly

What is your personal philosophy?

I try to listen to what I tell the children and follow my own advice, “Take a deep breath and relax. Now think about what is the best thing to do and what I can do better next time.”

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

I should say my family and friends, but I think I am going to say coffee!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

I cannot resist fresh, homemade brownie right out of the oven!

What is your greatest fear?

Not trying hard enough to make a difference for the field and my family.

Where is your favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is at home with my husband and son, sitting under a blanket and reading books together. I also enjoying my trips to Florida beaches with my family to visit my dad.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love to bake and cook for friends and family.

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

My favorite place I have traveled to is New Zealand. I spent a semester student teaching in New Zealand and stayed with the best family. I learned so much about teaching while getting to traveling around a beautiful country.

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

Never really had a weird job, but I did work for Babies R Us for a summer which was probably my least favorite job I have ever had, because pregnant women would get mad at me for their credit cards declining.

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

Definitely a robot housekeeper; it would save so much time with all the animal hair we have to sweep up every day!

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

Either a veterinarian, owner of a children’s book store, or workout instructor for children and adults!

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

Everything will be just fine. Just enjoy the experiences in the moment.

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

“So true”, “Don’t put that in your mouth” (I have a two-year old), “Things are happening”

What is the best book you have ever read?

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury or The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I do love to workout which a lot of people do know about me, however, my ultimate goal is to complete one full Ironman distance triathlon in my lifetime. Crazy, but I love running, biking and swimming, so it will be done one day!

Ask Cori additional questions in the comments below!