Read on to learn more about Taryn, one of our classroom facilitators!


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

A: I have always had an inner drive and determination to achieve great things. Great success, public recognition and enormous wealth have always been on my list of things to do…….said me NEVER!!!!!! When I was a kid I wanted to be a mom. Yes, that was my ultimate goal in life – to clean, do laundry, cook, change diapers.  And I would like to say that I have very successfully reached my high career achievements. :0)


Q: How did you end up at Project Respect?

A: I was finishing up with the first stage of my career goal (stay at home mom) and all of my kids were going to be in school. Though I had a BA in Christian Education, I was not interested in working in the church setting. I have always been interested in both the healthcare field and the teaching field but was not interested in going back to school for another degree. I saw an ad for a job with PR on my Facebook page posted by my good friend Julie and was immediately interested but still unsure.  So I put it off and put it off and put it off and finally after I had procrastinated for a good 3 months, I decided to inquire more about the job. Through the words of Julie and the whispering of the Holy Spirit I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord wanted me to talk to kids about sex!! Hahahha!!!


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

A: I LOVE my students!! OH MY GOODNESS, THEY ARE AMAZING!!! They are so hilarious! I have never laughed so hard in any job than I have with the students in class with PR. I love listening to their hearts, laughing at their jokes and the things that just pop out of their mouths when the subject is sex. I love talking with them, watching them see truth in an “ah-ha” moment and challenging what they think. Project Respect Rocks!!!


Q: Favorite ice cream flavor?

A: I love low fat, no fat, no sugar, artificial sweetened, low calorie, tasteless frozen yogurt. LOL!! No way! Bring on anything dripping in hot fudge, caramelly, pecan, high fat, high calorie loveliness! Hey if you are going to have ice cream then ENJOY EVERY BITE OF IT!!!! ;0)


Q: What food can you not go without?

A: Can’t go without Salad. I know, I’m weird. What can I say I LOVE VEGGIES!!!


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

A: Playing Civil War with my 3 brothers. They made me be the cook and nurse – except nobody ever got hungry or hurt, so I pretty much “played house” while they ran around the farm shooting at each other with stick rifles.  Oh, they did hang my barbies in the willow tree in a public execution for treason though.  What can I say, life with all brothers is interesting!


Q: If I could go anywhere in the world…

A: EUROPE.  I sooooo want to go to Europe.


Q: People might be surprised to know…

A: I Hate Pith.  You know Pith, that discusting stuff between the slices in an orange.  I absolutely despise the stuff.  It’s commonly called pulp in orange juice but seriously, I have to stop talking about it because the very thought is causing me to start gagging.  GROSS!!!


Q: When I’m not in the classroom, I’m most likely to be found…

A: Shopping (sorry honey….but I’m just being honest).


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

A: Any Praise and Worship music.  Gotta have good truth coming in or the bad in life overwhelms me.


Q: How do you relax?

A: I watch WWII documentaries on Netflix.  I’m obsessed with all things Hitler.  I try to psycho-analyze the guy all the time.  Oh man, I AM SUCH A NERD!!!!


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

A: Uhmmm….the commercial on at the Super Bowl about “running like a girl,” the mid season finale of The Walking Dead when (*spoiler alert*) Beth DIES!!!  Any show, any day, any hour, any minute.  I could start crying just writing the answer to this question.  Hey, don’t judge.  I’m a mom.  I cry all the time!!!


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

A: I just wanna have dinner with my family.  I love family, whether it be my immediate or extended.  I love laughing and talking and eating with those I love the most!


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

A: This is a tough question to answer.  I would want to be famous because I want to reap all the amazing benefits like a personal trainer, stylist, personal cosmetologist, big house, lots of clothes.  The obvious stuff.  But I DO NOT WANT the stuff that comes with all that – the crowds, fans, judgement, pressure to fit in, lack of privacy, lack of morals, unfulfilling lifestyle, compromise of individuality, etc.


Q: What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A: Easy.  Sitting on my beach chair with my best friend at her house on the Shore talking and laughing.  Getting tan watching the kids swimming in the ocean and playing in the sand all day til the sun starts to set.  Then getting all cleaned up and heading to the boardwalk for fun with our families food and ice cream.  Falling asleep to the sound of the waves coming in to shore and the smell of salt in the air.