Thu May 09, 2013
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Mon May 06, 2013
NAME: Alice Marie Spence
TITLE: School counseling and guidance director at Lafayette-Winona Middle School
YEARS WITH NPS: 14 years
WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The most rewarding thing is that I have been afforded this awesome opportunity to encourage, empower, and develop people, whether they are students, parents, or staff members, and to solve "people" problems everyday through engaging them in quality focused conversations. This is my passion.
IF YOU COULD TELL THE WHOLE COMMUNITY ONE THING ABOUT NPS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
NPS is a living, dynamic educational system that involves all kinds of people with all kinds of gifts, talents, abilities, and skills, and that makes visible differences, not only in the lives of the students but also in the lives of its members every single day. The only thing one has to do is to consciously look to see the differences!
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR COWORKERS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I grew up on a farm and I am the tenth child (the baby) in my family. I love gardening. I am only one of the ten children who graduated from college. I love people and need to be around them. I am a former U.S. Army commissioned officer and served 12 years on active duty. I have lived on three continents: Asia, Europe, and of course the great North America! I have visited 15 different countries. I am a motivational and conference speaker who loves to share about developing relationships through having quality conversations in any given environment. And I love writing and reading all kinds of books. I have co-authored a book that should be published in Spring/Summer 2011.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ OR MOVIE YOU SAW, AND WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS?
The first one is Mindset by Carol Dweck and Eat, Pray, and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I also saw the movie, and I think the book is better.