Michelle Stevens

Children’s Director (Carbondale)

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Bio


QUICK INTRO:

I grew up about two hours north of Marion and lived there until I moved south for college. I’m a wife and a mother to two girls. I teach high school business classes by day, parent by night, and have a side-gig as a photographer on the weekends. I went to SIU and got my Bachelor’s Degree focusing on Business Education with a minor in Business Administration. I have been teaching for the past 10 years in Southern Illinois. However, one of those years I taught in Indiana. I love volunteering at church and have spent many hours caring for the babies and kids in Little City. You can also find me volunteering as a section host on weeks I’m not in Little City. I now reside in Herrin with my family, including two dogs.

NICKNAME:

Sometimes people call me Chelle

MINISTRY ROLE:

Childcare Coordinator for the Carbondale Campus

FAMILY:

Husband – Greg & two daughters – Olivia and Ayla

DREAM VACATION:

I would love to go to Ireland or anywhere tropical.

REGULAR ORDER AT STARBUCKS:

I love coffee, but Starbucks isn’t really my thing. I love vanilla lattes.

FAVORITE MOVIE:

The Wedding Singer, Pride and Prejudice, 10 Things I Hate About You

FAVORITE ACTOR/ACTRESS:

Reese Witherspoon, Denzel Washington

LIFE MOTTO:

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis

FAVORITE SCRIPTURE:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

THINGS THAT FASCINATE ME:

Other cultures, technology, photography, fashion, tattoos

PREVIOUS JOBS:

McDonalds, Banking and Teaching

ONE THING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:

I don’t know how to swim.

FAVORITE TV SHOW:

This Is Us, Parks and Rec, Grey’s Anatomy

WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU GET SAVED:

My childhood church when I was 16

WHAT SPORTS ARE YOU NOT GOOD AT:

I wouldn’t say I am particularly great at any sport, but the one I am worst at would probably be tennis or bowling.

FAVORITE SINGER OR BAND:

I like all kinds of music. I can’t really narrow it down.

PET PEEVES:

People not listening, slow drivers, chewing with your mouth open

LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT:

Becoming a mom

HIDDEN TALENT:

I can touch my nose with my tongue.

FEARS:

Driving at night…but other people should fear me doing that!

FAVORITE BOOK(S):

The Hunger Games series

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME:

People in my home team and verge group. They inspire me to be a better person, wife, mother and teacher.

QUIRKS:

I have several parts of my body that are double jointed and bend or flex in an unnatural or uncanny manner

IN MY SPARE TIME:

I like cooking and I also have my own photography business.

LEAST FAVORITE FOOD:

Sauerkraut, liver, spinach (in a can)

WHAT/WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My family, my students and lame jokes

WHAT IS WEIRD ABOUT YOU?

What isn’t weird about me?!

THE MOST EXOTIC PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN:

The Bahamas

THE MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE:

Ridden on a roller coaster that makes you feel like you are Superman.

LEAST FAVORITE THING TO DO:

Dust and folding/putting away laundry