Read on to get to know Renee, Project Respect’s after-school coordinator and facilitator!


Q: When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be…

A: A mom. Check.


Q: How did you end up at Project Respect?

A: Still not sure. God has a way of taking me places I never expected to be.


Q: What do you love most about working with Project Respect?

A: Having the opportunity to encourage students to really stand strong in their beliefs. I find that students really want someone to help them find direction that will help them make healthy choices!  I like being a part of a group that is excited about seeing students grasp the reality that they are valuable and have a purpose beyond themselves.


Q: Favorite ice cream flavor?

A: Vanilla – Plain Jane, right? Well, that way I can add whatever flavors I feel like at the moment!


Q: What food can you not go without?

A: Pizza


Q: What’s one of your best memories as a child?

A: Getting a Barbie playhouse with the pull string elevator!  Yes, that is probably a collector item now.  I’m old.


Q: If I could go anywhere in the world…

A: I would be in Italy.


Q: People might be surprised to know…

A: I loved riding my mini-bike when young and I was a percussionist in school.


Q: When I’m not in the classroom, scheduling, and working on curriculum, I’m most likely to be found…

A: Drinking coffee and hanging out with my kids.


Q: What’s playing in your CD player/on your iPhone right now?

A: Mumford and Sons on Pandora. Yep. I’m old.


Q: How do you relax?

A: Read, listen to music, sleep!


Q: What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you emotional, cry or tear up?

A: A movie on Hallmark Channel! Addicted maybe.


Q: Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

A: So many people! It is hard to name just one because I love to learn about people and what makes them tick.  But overall I would have to say whomever the current president would be.  I find politics fascinating as well as frustrating.


Q: Would you like to be famous? In what way?

A: No. Too much pressure and too many expectations put on “famous” people.


Q: What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A: I’ve never been able to answer this question. What is “perfect”?  Will we ever know this side of Heaven?  At times I would say the day would include hanging out with my family but other times I would say the day would be a quiet, peaceful time with God alone.  I have been gifted with so many wonderful days that have come close to perfection but to actually plan a perfect day doesn’t seem possible.  I suppose allowing days to freely unfold while beach side with the sights and sounds of the ocean would probably help me achieve a pretty amazing day!

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