Day job/career: Retired 2nd grade teacher (27 years)
How did you become involved with OCL? I first took the class with my 2nd grade team in 2015. It was amazing! I found that my relationships and interactions with my colleagues, the parents of my students, and even with my young students was improved and deepened. Then, as I was planning for retirement, the Logistics Leader position was created in Aspen. I applied because it fit in with my desire to work part time for an organization that was doing something meaningful in our valley.
What is your hope for OCL? I am excited and encouraged as I see the numbers of alumni in the Roaring Fork Valley steadily increasing. Word of mouth and referrals continue to fuel our applications – what an affirmation that OCL is important and touches the lives of people. My hope is that OCL continues to grow and spread everywhere!
How do you most often find yourself using what you learned in CST? I am so fortunate to be able to hear the message our wonderful professors deliver over and over as I support them in the classes they teach. Every single time I learn something new, and I use these skills in my interactions with friends, family, and my work colleagues. I am a better human being because of OCL!
Three things that make you smile. Class members on the first day of class who are a bit skeptical or reserved; those same class members by the end of the first day as they realize the class is amazing; the “family” that the whole class has become by the end of the third day.
Your favorite quote. Well...living in Aspen... “Just another day in paradise!”