Ms. Stacey, Waukesha program support coordinator, brings positive energy and creativity into all programs. You will often find Ms. Stacey playing games, helping with homework, and interacting with all the children.
Q1: When did you start working with Wisconsin Youth Company and what has been your favorite memory so far?
I first started working with WYC all the way back in August 2004, more than 17 years ago! I started as a float group leader helping out at all the different programs in Waukesha. The following year, I became site supervisor at Orchard Lane Elementary in New Berlin.
In 2007, I worked at a different job, but still worked with WYC on and off over the years, coming back full time again in August 2020.
My favorite memory with WYC so far has been the Spring Fairs. I loved the big fairs we used to hold. The kids had a blast showing off their artwork and participating in the talent show.
Q2: What is the most important thing you learned as a child that still applies today?
The most important thing I learned as a child is to never lose your child-like enthusiasm. To stay a child at heart.
Q3: Who was a mentor you looked up to when you were younger? Why did you look up to them?
When I was in 4th grade, I had the most amazing teacher, Ms. Harris. She was always so supportive and encouraging of me and my creative ideas. She always pushed me to reach for the stars and go after what I wanted.
Q4: What is your favorite part about working with kids?
What I like about working with kids is their energy, spirit and honesty. You never know what they’re going to say. Kids do say the darndest things! But the best part about working with kids is getting to know them and creating relationships/friendships with them. I love learning about who they are and seeing them grow each year.
Say “hi” to Ms. Stacey next time you see her!