Parker County Today April 2018 - Page 50

any one, either living or dead from history, who would it be?  RK: I’d like to have lunch with Ronald Reagan. PCT: If you had to do another job than what you’re doing, what would you do?  SF: Since I was a child, I have always felt a deep calling to help and empower people who are struggling mentally, physically, or emotionally. I would love to one day work with veterans, the elderly, or families in need of hospice services, as I believe those segments of our population deserve our utmost respect and atten- tion. PCT:  If you had to do another job than what you’re doing, what would you do?  RK: Other than what I’m doing right now, I’d like to be an equine veterinarian. I wanted to be one but couldn’t get past the first semester of Chemistry 101! PCT:  What is your impact to Parker County? RK: My impact to Parker County? That’s a tough one. I’d just like to leave the “campground” a little better than I found it. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever?  RK: My best day that I ever had was unequivocally the day I was honored to be in the same arena with Shorty Freeman and Ray Hunt. PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give?  RK: Maybe just mind your own busi- ness, get your work done and mostly try to set a good example. PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have ever done in your life?  RK: The most interesting thing I’ve ever done is trying to learn about computers. Let›s say, challenging for us “older folks”. Stacey Pruett Fade Stacey is the business educa- tion teacher at Mineral Wells High School. 48 PCT: How did you get into your occupation? SF: Sharon Lawrence was my 6th grade quest teacher at Weatherford ISD and encouraged me to pursue Alternative Certification after I left my career with Texas Bank as a training specialist. It has been a true blessing to walk through the high school years with many amazing students.  PCT: What is your favorite novel? SF: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb; I am still in awe that a grown man could write so eloquently from the perspective of an adolescent girl. PCT: What do you do to decompress? SF: Read, write, crochet, get a massage, spend time with friends and family. PCT: What is something people don’t know about you? SF: I am extremely passionate about helping others to realize their full potential and overcome obstacles. In addition to my love of teenagers, I’ve worked with women who’ve left abusive relationships, and women who’ve faced the life-altering breast cancer diagnosis, always willing to share my innermost struggles and a non-judgmental ear with anyone in need of encouragement. PCT: What would you most like to be remembered for? SF: Seeing the best in others, even when they can’t see what I see, and believing in God’s plan. PCT: If you could have lunch with any one, either living or dead from history, who would it be?  SF: My Grandmother. She was the most peaceful, faith-filled woman I’ve ever known. Her life was simple and her heart was pure. She crocheted all of my life. I picked up the hook and thread 15 years after she passed, and I’d give anything to sit and crochet with her and soak in her graceful spirit once more.  PCT: What is your impact to Parker County? SF: I grew up here and while I have lived in other places for short periods of time, I am proud to call this place home, and even more proud to now have a teenage Roo. We are so very thankful to witness the growth of our community and for all that Parker County has to offer, and I’m continu- ously seeking ways to give back. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever?  SF: The best day ever would involve a little bit of writing in the morning, lunch on a patio with friends, and attending an event with my family, just to witness the joy in their eyes. Oh, and live music is a must! PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give?  SF: Be true to yourself, kind to others, and pay close attention to God’s voice. It is only through His grace that we can get through this life, and feel the peace and joy intended for us. PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have ever done in your life?  SF: Five years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I started an online journal and support group. I am so thankful that I was able to share the truth of my experience as I went through surgeries, treatments, and the many struggles that accompanied that experience. It is an amazing blessing to know that those words served to comfort others who were facing diffi- culties in life. Continued on page 52