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Friday Faces | Support Staff

Happy Friday! Today we are continuing on with our Friday Faces series with our amazing Support Staff. These lovely ladies keep it all running smoothly and can usually be found in the main office and the Den. Today we have some more insights into how they spent their summer and a little into their imaginations. Settle in and say a friendly greeting next time you are in the main office.

What did you read over the summer? 

Connie: The Power of Habit by Charlie Duhigg – This book explains why we do what we do!

Debbie: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Heather: Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology

Jenny: The Silent Patient, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Robin Hood

Lora: The Lost Tools of Learning

Michele: Atlas of the Heart; The Young Actor’s Handbook; The Road to Character; Breaking Bread with the Dead; This Tender Land; Seven Thousand Ways to Listen; Cloud Cuckoo Land

Rachel: Blessing of a Skinned Knee, The Compound Effect, Atomic Habits

Sharon: Breaking Bread With the Dead, Pride & Prejudice (out loud to my kids), and I’ve been listening to Les Miserables on Audible. Also I have been reading through the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. It’s a fun middle grade fiction series that keeps me relevant with the teens in my life and working in the SLOCA library.


Share a favorite photo from your summer!

Debbie: We had an awesome summer vacation in Oahu, and this was a highlight! We loved swimming with the dolphins!

Michele: My nieces and great nieces came to visit from Mexico, and we spent the weekend running around SLO and seeing all the sights. This photo is after a day at Avila Beach.

Rachel: Playing with my girls in the ocean is the BEST


If you could be any hero/heroine, who would you be?

Connie: I could be anyone I would choose Miss Fortune from League of Legends. She has the power of Intuitive Aptitude – which is the power to learn and understand the structure and operation of complex systems instantly. Imagine….the ability to instantly understand ANYTHING! That would be amazing!!!!

Jenny: Cat Women, she is so smart and her acrobatic moves are amazing!

Debbie: Matilda of Tuscany – To go with our history studies this year, I wanted to choose a strong and prominent female figure of the Middle Ages. Matilda of Tuscany was one such heroine of the Middle Ages. She was an Imperial Vicar and Vice-Queen of Italy. She not only spearheaded the restoration of many Romanesque monuments in Italy and paved the way for the Italian Renaissance, but she also served in the military for 40 years fighting in armor alongside her troops. She strove to break the barriers of gender inequality, as well as class inequality. She was the first woman to be buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Heather: Anne Shirley because of her spirit, creativity and imagination

Lora: I admire anyone that is kind, loving, and helps others giving of their time, energy, and most of all love.

Michele: Fictional = Iron Man as portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. I love that he has a big heart under a layer of sarcasm. I wish I were a tech wizard, and could wear an Iron suit that gives me the ability to fly and to zap villains. True Life = Corrie Ten Boom. She had strength, courage, and a strong will that helped her rescue and hide Jewish people during the Holocaust, and survive being interred herself.

Rachel: Captain Planet, he’s our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero.

Sharon: My favorite fictional heroine is probably Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. However, I’m not sure I’d want to be her. I wouldn’t mind experiencing the Jane Austen period, but only for a brief visit. Heroes and heroines often encounter challenges and loss as part of their character development and while it can be enjoyable to read how they grow and change due to these obstacles, I’m okay living a simpler life and just being a hero to my family and friends.

Since our theme is IMAGINE this year, did you have any imaginary friends as a child?

Connie: I have a BIG family, lots of cousins and siblings that I never did have an imaginary friend growing up. However, I do love the movie “Drop Dead Fred” about an imaginary friend. Great Movie!!

Debbie: I honestly can’t remember! But if I did, it was probably an imaginary horse.

Jenny: Yes, his name was Charlie, he was amazing. We got to go on all sorts of adventures together. I grew up in the country with not a lot of people around so when my parents were busy I had to be creative and that is how Charlie came to be.

Michele: No, because I have a twin brother – we did have our own language!

Rachel: I always imagined I had a twin!

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