New Employee Spotlight – Aaron Casad

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I am one of the Program Coordinators in the Assessment and Testing Center. I have a professional background in information technology and administrative management.

Casad, Aaron

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I have always loved being apart of Green River’s community whether that be when I was here as a student and when I worked here part time. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work at Green River as a full time employee!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I listen to all different types of music but I usually listen to the radio which consists of 106.1, 92.5, and 93.3 FM.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first job I ever had was while I was in high school and I was a catering assistant at Longhorn Barbecue.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I get to interact with new and current student’s everyday and help anybody on campus with any testing needs!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Bring a positive and relaxed environment for any and all testers in the testing center!

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

  • Graduating Green River College with my Associate Arts Degree
  • Graduating from Central Washington University with my Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Getting a job at Green River College fulltime!!!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

Griz as in Grizzly because I’m a grown up teddy bear!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

Building a computer or making banana bread!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for? 

Greatness

Requires

Endless

Effort

Naturally

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New Employee Spotlight – Aileen Arsenio

Arsenio, AileenWe’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

My new title is Program Coordinator for the Career and Advising Services. I have about 2 years of experience working in student services at Olympic College, first as an Office Assistant for the Multicultural and Student Programs, and later as the Program Assistant for Tutoring Services. Both jobs really solidified my passion to provide students with the essential resources they need to be successful during their time in college.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

When I saw that Green River Community College was hiring for a Program Coordinator in their Career and Advising Services office, I knew I had to apply because I hope to one day become an academic advisor. I knew this would be a great way to get a little taste of the advising life!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I can literally listen to anything, but when I’m in the car, it MUST be something I can either sing to or wiggle to (because dancing is dangerous when you’re driving). I do have a “no skip” rule on anything *NSYNC, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Adele, and Beyoncé.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Being the oldest cousin/sibling, my first paying job was babysitting my cousins and siblings, starting at the age of 11. It was a sweet $40 a week!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I think the most exciting thing is being able to meet students in all stages of their academic careers, whether it be students just starting their journey, to those coming back to school to broaden their horizons. It’s always cool listening to someone’s stories and helping them reach their goals and dreams!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

By the end of my first year, I would like to be a jack of all trades in the office, to the point where my coworkers and even students are comfortable enough to know that they can ask me for help.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

Three of my biggest accomplishments in life are: Being the first to graduate college in my family, being recognized by my peers for my hard work and leadership, and I promise I am not just saying this, but getting this job was an accomplishment because it’s my first full-time position!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

I’m going to go ahead and say “Foodie” because yes, I am that girl that posts pictures of her food; I also love to bake and cook.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I am not the greatest, but I love to sing and play my ukulele

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Growing, Resourceful, Equitable, Environmental, Nurturing

New Employee Spotlight -Heidi Sheneberger

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Sheneberger, Heidi

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I am the Interim Full-Time Adult Basic Education Faculty, taking Anne Dolan’s position while she is the Interim Basic Skills Director.  I’ve been adjunct at GRC for almost 10 years, and was a classroom aid here in a GED classroom for 2 years before that.  My M.Ed. is from Seattle University’s Adult Education and Training program, so I specialize in teaching a diverse adult student population a broad range of topics.  I’ve also worked at a couple other schools, but for the last two years, GRC has kept me pretty busy, so I’ve been very lucky.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Green River has always been a part of my life.  I grew up a mile away, and I would come do research at the library for assignments for school because it was closer to my house than my school’s or the public libraries.  Then, I was a student here before transferring to Central Washington University.  One of my first jobs after earning my B.A. was back here at Green River as a classroom aid, and then, once I had my master’s degree, I got hired as an adjunct.  Green River is one of the few safe places in the world for me.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I used to live 57 miles away, so I’d listen to NPR, books on tape, and calming music on stressful traffic days.  But now I live about 8 minutes away, so I really don’t have time to listen to anything.  I totally love it!!

What was the very first job you ever had?

At 14, I got a job as the Fat Quarter Girl at my mom’s friend’s quilt shop here in Auburn, The Calico Cat.  But pretty soon, I taught myself how to run the cash register, because cutting and folding fat quarters got old really quick.  I worked there after school and on holidays and weekends for almost 11 years.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m always excited every quarter to get back in the classroom and work with students, regardless of position.  Adult Basic Education has such a direct impact on student’s lives, so it is always rewarding.  I’m also excited to help grow GRC’s High School 21+ program further, and help develop the capacity to start awarding students high school diplomas in a new and innovative way.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

As a former adjunct, I’d love to establish an adjunct mentorship and orientation process to our program, so adjuncts feel included and valued here.  Each school they teach at is different, and I feel it’s important that they know where to turn to ask questions that are Green River-ABE-program-specific.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

First, I’m very proud of my education.  I worked very hard to get where I am, and I believe I’m a better teacher because school didn’t always come easy to me.  I can commiserate with students if they struggle, and I remember what it feels like to be challenged.  Second, I have had clothing that I’ve designed, pattern-drafted, and constructed accepted into juried, international textile shows, and I’m very proud of that.  Lastly, I’ve lived through some very difficult, “out-of-order” events in my life.  I realize I’m not the only one to have done this, but again, I think it allows me to identify with my students’ difficult, and often tragic, life situations.

Also, my dad worked here in the bookstore for ten years after he retired from teaching elementary school.  When he died suddenly in 2001, my family established the John C. Sheneberger Memorial Scholarship here with the Green River Foundation.  I am extremely proud that every year, a student here at GRC can attend school with a little less debt, thanks to this scholarship.  :)

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

I have no idea, but hopefully it would be something that would reflect my hard work and happy attitude with students. J  Sometimes, people call me D, because then it’s easier to say hello = “Hi D!!”  (Get it??  Because my name is Heidi??  Get it??)

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I can rock a karaoke mic like nobody’s business.  And I quilt, but that would be difficult and boring to watch in a talent show…

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

This is a tough one.  If it’s about the school, I’d say something like:  Generate Rigorous and Energetic (classes for) Engaged (student) learNing, but that’s definitely a stretch…I’d have to think about it a little bit longer.

New Employee Spotlight – Lady Ivory Boyd

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Boyd, Lady Ivory

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Hello everyone. I’m Lady Ivory Boyd, and I am excited to join the team of professional staff at Green River College and fill the position of Educational Planner. Prior to joining Green River, I have served professionally in higher education in various capacities. A few of my recent professional endeavors include serving as Academic Advisor for the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University, Assistant Director/Senior Program Advisor for University of New Mexico’s TRIO McNair Scholars and Research Opportunity Programs, and Senior Lead Admissions Advisor at Trident University International. Prior to these positions, I served in roles of advising and program coordinating for the Department of Psychology and the Career Opportunities in Research (NIMH-COR) Program at California State University Long Beach. I also assisted in teaching introductory statistics for the social sciences at Cerritos Community College. Other professional roles I have served outside of higher education include working as a paraprofessional mental health counselor, certified women’s domestic violence facilitator, K-12 tutor, and working with special needs youth as a behavioral therapist and Y-inclusion facilitator for the YMCA.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

When I first researched Green River’s mission statement, departments, programs, student demographics, and published articles from staff members and leaders via the college website; I got a clear sense that collectively, there was a strong spirit of collaboration across the board to work together to engage students and help them achieve academic success. This sense of community is centered on compassionate student service, which is reflected in Green River’s motto “Think Student-Then Decide.” Because I share the same core values of serving the best interest of each individual student; I was naturally drawn to the community at Green River College. Today, I am honored to have this opportunity to join the Green River team, and I look forward to working together via innovative collaboration with the staff and students at Green River to help improve our community through academic excellence.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

Air 1 Positive Hits

What was the very first job you ever had?

Cashier at KFC

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am most excited about collaborating with awesome and compassionate staff at Green River, and work together with our wonderful students to help them discover their potential and achieve their goals.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

I want to learn from as many staff and students as much as possible so I can get to know my students and best serve their needs.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

From a professional career perspective, I would say #1 is using my education to give back by serving others in a way that helps them grow personally and professionally. I would not be in a position to help others today without having received support from others myself, as I persevered through some of the most challenging moments of my academic career. Which leads me to # 2, when I earned my academic degrees (from high school to graduate school), and #3 earning scholarships/awards and or job offers/promotions I applied for and worked hard to achieve.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

“Max’s mom,” because I have a sweet, calm and loving golden fur child that I was allowed to bring to work; he would follow me around, quietly curl up under my desk, or bring joy to my colleagues who needed a stress break, and even help with program outreach/recruitment at tabled events.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I like to dance, write poetry and songs. I can sing my songs but I’m not that good of a singer.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Give unconditional love and Respect even when you agree to disagree, in order to build Enriching relationships that Empower and Nurture a positive environment.

New Employee Spotlight – Jacqueline Li

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Li, Jacqueline

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Hello! I have recently joined the Green River team as an International Student Advisor. Before Green River, I was spending half my time in the US and half in Taiwan, working to start and run a test prep and college counseling academy in Taiwan. I recently completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership at Penn GSE.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I’m interested in working with international students and cultural exchange, so this position was really my idea of a perfect fit, at least career-wise! I then learned about Green River’s excellent and expansive International Programs department, and met the wonderful advising team at Green River, and knew that this would be a great, supportive, and educational place to work. I’ve only been proven right!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

Japanese pop or the top hits on the radio. My latest favorite is Shut Up and Dance!

What was the very first job you ever had?

Very first “job” was probably babysitting my younger brother, but my first job with a paycheck was working at the Coldstone Creamery in the mall by my house during high school. I was promoted to Manager after a few months and managed to save a lot of money for college!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I can’t wait to start meeting and forming relationships with students. The students here all seem wonderful, and I’ve found that one of the best things about working in education is that the students continue to amaze year after year. You’ll think you had the best year/experience possible, but the students continue to top that time after time! I’m also excited to be working with such passionate, friendly, happy people in IP Advising!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

My goal is to help students succeed, whatever that might mean for them and their families. I’d love to be successful at helping as many students as I can. A personal project that I’d like to build is a whole wall of college banners – my goal is to form close relationships with my students, and hopefully assist them to have a transformational time here at Green River; then after they successfully transfer, I hope students will send me banners from their new institutions, which I will display proudly around my office.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

I come from a low-income family, and neither of my parents attended college. Matriculating into and graduating from college, especially from a school like Harvard, is a huge accomplishment for me. I also had a very rough relationship with my parents growing up; resolving my differences with my dad and building a closer relationship with him is another big accomplishment. Lastly, having the courage to follow my interests, into education, graduate school in education, and now here to Green River also makes me so happy. I faced a lot of pressure to pursue a more lucrative or stable, etc. career, but working with international students and in education makes me happier than anything else!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

If I were to choose… Hermione! I love Harry Potter and Hermione (and Emma Watson!) is my favorite. I admire her brains, loyalty, and bravery!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I love arts and crafts. Perhaps I could make some classy invitations or inspirational posters (I do calligraphy!) for the event, or put together some larger display pieces!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Grin Revel Enchant Encourage (Experiment) Now!

New Employee Spotlight -Adam Waters

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Waters, Adam

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

This year I started as the new full time Professor for the Design and Drafting department at Green River. I’ve been formally trained as an educator and as a drafter. When I was younger, I spent the time studying Electro-mechanical engineering until I discovered I was much more passionate about helping others reach their potential. I transitioned to teaching and that has become a focal point of my life. I spent a few years in teaching math in Arizona but grew disillusioned with the rigors of state testing and moved to Spain to teach English to adults. Though the change was motivating, I returned and started a new career, walking down a familiar pathway, as a drafter. And now, I’m excited to start my new path here as a Professor at Green River.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

It was an obvious choice to apply to Green River. The Drafting program is one of the best in the Pacific Northwest and I loved the atmosphere around the school. Everyone has been friendly, helpful and dedicated to making the school a better place for the students. This is exactly the environment that I have been looking for in a career.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I bounce back and forth between keeping up with news on NPR, comedy stations on Pandora, or listening to a song I can’t get out of my head over and over and over again, ad nauseam.

What was the very first job you ever had?

When I was 13 (or possibly 12) I worked as a water slide attendant just across from the beach in Rhode Island. Even though it was exciting to say “Go, stay tucked” repeatedly, while the hot sun and warm chlorinated water rejuvenated my skin, I didn’t think the ‘all clear’ whistle really rounded out my full potential.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting piece of the new position is the having the ability to interact with many people and help them get back up and on their own feet. The drafting program has an excellent track record of getting students trained and out into the workforce with the tools they need to succeed. I’m excited about helping them achieve what will make them happy.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

I’d like to start with small goals before expanding to larger long term goals. I’m very interested in collaborating with other departments around campus to integrate the technology in our department with others design ideas to facilitate the critical thinking skills required of our students in the real world. Though this is also a long term goal, I plan to network and begin these conversations this year.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

I’m proud that this is the most difficult question that I have to answer on this “New Employee” Interview. My father never raised me to be a boastful human being and this has stuck with me, possibly even to a detriment. However I’m most proud that I was able to save his life from cancer with a critical bone marrow transplant, an act I will never forget.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

I’ve never had a nickname in my life that’s stuck for more than a few weeks or with more than 1 person. I’m not opposed to nicknames but I would have no idea what I would give myself.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

As I’ve done for most of the talent shows in my life, I would likely sit on the back of the stage and bang out a good rhythm on the drum set while some other very talented people ‘wow the crowd’ with classic 80’s hair band style guitar poses.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

“Tonight on Master Chef, G.R.E.E.N!” – Gordon Ramsey effectively eats nougat.

Or if you meant it to be more about Green River:

Green River:  Generating Renowned Energetic Erudite Nerds

New Employee Spotlight – Sarah Edwards

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Edwards, Sarah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I’m now full-time faculty in the math department. I’ve spent the last five years as an adjunct here at Green River, and before that I spent a year in Honduras teaching sixth grade to middle schoolers (in English, although my Spanish also got much better during that year!).

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I’d already spent five years here in a great and very supportive department, so applying for a full-time position was the next natural step.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

On the ride in, nothing, because I am still waking up. On the ride home, usually either the classical station or a podcast. Right now I’m working through one called Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men – if you ever wanted someone to guide you through the ridiculousness that is the X-Men comics universe, I recommend it!

What was the very first job you ever had?

Subway! I still know exactly how many meatballs and pieces of cheese go on a six-inch

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to be more involved in my department. We’ve got great people in the math division, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them and being more in the thick of things.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Walk down to the river at least once a week while the weather is nice. I keep meaning to go, and then I never do.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

Being the first person in my family to finish a bachelor’s degree, writing a science fiction story that was selected for a best-of-the-year anthology, and teaching in Honduras for a year.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

Sara without the H. It’d be very easy for everyone to remember, and it’d be stealthy, because no one except us would realize it was a nickname at all.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I would give a brief lecture entitled Simple HTML as a Relaxation Technique.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Gallivanting Reindeer Endeavor Ever North