Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Sarah Mowery
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series of interviews with Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Sarah Mowery, Professional Instructional Specialist with the INFOhio team.
- What show are you currently binge-watching?
I’m currently binge-watching Schitt’s Creek for about the hundredth time!
- What is your least favorite chore around the house?
I hate doing the dishes because they are never-ending, every night, never a break. Dishes are worse than laundry!
- Name one thing on your bucket list.
Definitely going to Germany. I’m 75% German, so I took German in high school. I’m not fluent, but I’d be able to get around. I think it’d be cool to see where my ancestors are from.
- What animal would you consider your spirit animal?
Maybe a bird. I think having the ability to fly away at a moment’s notice would be so fun!
- What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life?
Alternative 90s music takes me back to my laid-back and fun years when I didn’t have any responsibility. I love Sarah McLachlan, so she would have to be on there, and Pearl Jam, the Goo Goo Dolls, groups like that.
- What was your favorite subject in school?
Probably math. I love math word problems, and because there is always one specific answer. I thought of them as puzzles.
- What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
On small scale, my friends and I loved to go out to eat at Subway. When I was 14, I worked at an ice cream shop, and there’s not really much to buy at 14. So, I would treat my friends to Subway because it was within walking distance. When I was older, it was probably a cell phone.
- What phone app do you use the most?
Most likely, social media. Facebook and Twitter are the ones I check all the time. Those two and my banking app.
- What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I worked at Wendy’s for a summer. It wasn’t that it was that bad, it was just an early shift because I did all the prep work for the day: cutting tomatoes, chopping lettuce, browning meat for chili. I started at 5a, and the store didn’t open until 9a or 10a.
- Who is the newest member of your family?
My husband and I are the youngest of the adult kids, so our youngest daughter is the newest at 5 years.
- What’s the most important holiday you spend with your family and why?
Thanksgiving because you get to gather extended family together and just spend time with each other. There’s no other expectation or other things on the agenda. We have a tradition of going to a local park on Thanksgiving morning and walking a trail together, including my extended family.
- If you got to name a new country, how would you decide what to call it?
I would create a focus group that represents the common people of the country in all different demographics to brainstorm about the history of the area. I would name the country based off the work of this group with their input.
- Are you looking forward to retiring, or are you planning on working as long as possible?
I am looking forward to retiring. I’ve always had a job, so I wonder sometimes what that would be like. I may love it, or I may decide to retire and go back to work. Nah, I’m thinking I’m going to love it.
- What’s the one thing that can instantly make your day better?
For me, it’s the simple things: hot cup of coffee, piece of chocolate, and sunshine.
- What is your most-used productivity hack?
My desk has a lot of lists (I make them daily). Once I’m done with a task, I can physically check it off. I need to have that physical connection to it. Also, each member of the instructional team does a daily post of their top three priorities that day, which has been very helpful.
- What three traits define you?
Funny, perfectionist, kind.
- What is your personal philosophy?
Don’t take things too seriously but do things with your whole heart.
- Describe a win from the work you’ve done.
When the blog I wrote was picked up by an EdTech magazine and that helped to get INFOhio’s name out there. I feel like that was a win for us.
- How do you define success?
The first thing is knowing that you have done your best, and no matter what happens, you know you’ve done what you can. I think success is also doing what you really love to do. That’s success.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
It’s the work that I get to do. I love website design, writing, and sharing the good things INFOhio has to offer. Everything that I’ve always loved to do is combined in one position.