About Ms. Sparks

GETTING TO KNOW MS. SPARKS:

For as long as I can remember I wanted to work with children.  Everyday is a new day with young minds.  I see so much potential and their learning capacities overwhelm me at times.  I am in awe of my students. I enjoy watching them learn, explore their minds and to see them grow in communication and caring for their peers. When I work with students I feel so lucky to be a part of their education and I only hope I provided a solid foundation to ensue their success in all aspects of their life.  

If you could have lunch with 1 person dead or alive, who would that be and why?
This is tough. So many famous people, or maybe my grandparents but if I could have lunch with anyone it would be my friend Vinnie, he passed away from cancer back in 2012. I would love just to see him again.
What is something on your Bucket List?
My top bucket list item is to see Ireland.  I can just see myself soaking up the culture and the history there.  Second on my list is New Orleans! 
What book have you read that changed you and why?
I think every book I read leaves me with an emotion and a feeling that stays with me.  I suppose my favorite book is “ It ends with us” but I am always on the look out for another "favorite" book.
How would a friend describe you in three words?
Caring, determined, and honest.
If you had to compare yourself to one fictional character, who would it be?
If I had to identify with a Disney Character, it would be probably Belle from Beauty and the Best.  She didn't mind being different from others, she was well read and smart, but her greatest gift was loving unconditionally. She loves for no other reason but because it is how she feels. Belle is true to herself. I like to think I am the same, different, but loving and accepting
What is the best BAD decision you ever made?
The best "Bad" decision I ever made was move to Utah!  I moved away from family and friends, in a way I was leaving because I felt a little lost.  The reality is, Utah was the best decision and I have the best life, best friends and even if I don't see my family as much as I would like to, I love my "bad" decision.  
When are you most yourself?
I think the best part about me, is I am always myself.  I have learned that trying to be something I am just doesn't work for me.  I have flaws, I have insecurities, but they are mine and I own them.  I can say I am most comfortable around my friends and family.  
What could you spend all day talking about?
I could talk all day about planning adventures.  I love to camp and go to music festivals.  The planning and dreaming about seeing new things is so much fun to talk about. 
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
My interests vary on my days off.  Sometimes I want to catch up on shows or watch a great movie.  I also love to camp and travel.  I wish I could do more, but being outside is probably where I am happiest. I went river rafting last summer and had the best experience.  I love being with my friends and sharing exciting new adventures.  
 
 

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