Coordinator of the Month: Lisa Woodlee | May 2019
Name: Lisa Woodlee
Hometown: Bangor, PA
College Attended / Major: Penn State University / Secondary Education – Biology & General Science
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Corbin, KY
Fun Fact: I’ve spent two summers studying Chinese in China and one summer studying Russian in Kazakhstan.
Question #1: What led you to HealthCorps?
In the Spring of 2017 my family (husband and two sons) was living in northern California and decided to move to Kentucky to be closer to family. When I saw the HealthCorps job, it was a perfect fit! I’m trained as a teacher, had 16 years of experience working in the non-profit world, and have a passion for health and wellness.
Question #2: What has been the best part about your placement so far?
The best part about my placement has been having the opportunity to love, encourage and educate students in nutrition, fitness, and mental resilience. Any time I’m in front of students teaching, I’m having fun! I believe our content is vital to whole-child wellness. It is very fun to see students soaking in the content and pure JOY to hear when they share with me how they are making changes and applying it to their lives.
Question #3: What are some activities that you are involved with outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, I spend most of my time with my family. I’ve been married for about 8 years to my husband, Martin, and we have two sons, Andrew (6) and Josiah (6). My boys keep me very busy! I’m also very involved in my church where I lead a Bible study and serve as a mentor.
Question #4: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
When we moved to Kentucky, we started an audio/production business called Sound, Word, and Light LLC. To this point, Martin, my husband, has done most of the work, but moving forward I will take a much bigger part in marketing and helping to build our business.
Question #5: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
Over the last two years I have been in either two or three schools doing HealthCorps programming. Learning how to juggle schedules and get various aspects of programming accomplished in more than one location has been a good challenge for me. I’ve learned how to accomplish more by utilizing community partners and partnering with students and wellness champions at my schools.