Neighbor: Val Carlisle
Occupation: Central office secretary for USD 464.
Family: Husband, Jamie, THS principal; daughter, Cara, KU sophomore majoring in elementary education; and son Jeremy, THS junior involved in football, basketball and track.
Place of birth: Clarksburg, W. Va.
Q: When did you move to Tonganoxie, and what brought you here?
A: We moved to Tonganoxie in 2007 from Baxter Springs. Jamie was interested in moving to a larger school and we wanted to find one with an outstanding sports program so Jeremy could have more athletic opportunities. We sure succeeded.
Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
A: Moving to Columbia, S.C., for graduate school. I was moving 500 miles from home, alone, to a place where I didn't know anyone. It was exciting and terrifying, and one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: My grandmother, a golfer, always told me to keep my head down and follow through. That seems to work in a wide variety of situations. Also, a few years ago I was fretting over something (I can't even remember what now), and a friend listened to my whining for a while, then said, “You obviously haven't learned to leave your problems at church.” Although I'm a worrier by nature, I've learned to take a deep breath and mentally drop my issues into God's hands. There's something very liberating about making that decision.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Veterinarian. Still love critters, but I don’t think I’m suited for the demands of that profession.
Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: It would have to be by a golf course so Jamie could play golf and by a beach so the kids could body surf and swim, and have one or two great steak and seafood restaurants for me.
Song: “Dixie Chicken,” by Little Feat.
Color: Red, of course.
Food: Ribeye, medium rare, and anything flavored with garlic.