July 2019

Meet Your Educator: Miss Georgia

What was your childhood ambition? To be famous.

What book are you currently reading? I’m between books currently but was last seen perusing a cook book.

What’s your favorite summer beverage or treat? Green smoothies

What’s one of your funniest parenting or teaching moments? When my family was travelling to California, we passed a windmill farm and my astute 3 year old daughter noticed that the windmills were not all spinning at the same rate. She pointed to the slowest moving ones and asked, “Mom, are those ones tired?”

What’s a fun fact about you? I lived in the Dominican Republic for 3 years when I was a teenager.

What snack is your guilty pleasure? Almost anything with chocolate and coconut.

How many years have you been with the Fun Van? 2 weeks

What did you do before working at the Fun Van? I was a CASA Coordinator, working with CASA volunteers, who help advocate for the best interests of foster children.

How did you hear about the Fun Van? I found it online.

What do you enjoy most about working at Fun Van? Being able to teach and utilizing my creativity.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Spending time with family, hiking when it’s not too hot, gardening, planting trees and cooking for my family.

What advice do you have for parents? The most important thing you can do in parenting is to love your children. If they do not doubt that they are loved, they will feel a sense of security in the family and a sense of self-efficacy that will carry them through the rough patches in life.

What’s one of your favorite books and activities for your Fun Van families? To be determined . . .

Congrats and Goodbye

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By A.J. Gain

Welcome to a new Fun Van grant year! If you have been with us for a few years you have probably grown quite familiar to our staff, but things are going to look a little different this year. At the end of June we sent Miss Julie off to retirement with a fun celebration, but man are we sad to see her go. I was able to catch up with Miss Julie before she ventured into the great unknown to ask her a few questions about her past memories and future plans!

What was the best part about working at Fun Van? The joy of helping others and playing with the kids!

What will you miss the most (aside from A.J.’s fantastic performances)? Driving all over Pinal County in Bertha (the biggest Fun Van vehicle)!!

What are your plans for your retirement? Read, garden, travel and spend more time with my four grandchildren.

What is the best retirement advice you have received? Your 60’s are your “go-go” years. Get going while you still can!!!

And that’s exactly what Miss Julie is planning to do. Fun Van will not be the same without her. Our lives and this program gained so much richness from her warmth, knowledge, organizational skills, and kind words of encouragement. We wish her the very best and hope she comes to visit us soon!

If you have a special message for Miss Julie, leave a comment below and we will make sure she reads it!