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?
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!