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Meet your neighbor: Leah Henderson

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Family: I have been married to Hoil for 30 years. We have two children. Hunter is 26 and works for Brooks Surveying.  Lena’e is 20 and a junior at Central Baptist College. We have one granddog, Reed.

Job and volunteer work: I am the executive director for Civitan Services, a non-profit organization based in Saline County providing services to men, women and children with developmental disabilities.  I volunteer on the leadership team for Kidz Kamp, which is held at the end of July each year at Bogg Springs. 

If you had a time travel machine, what year would you travel to and why? Any time in the late 1970s or early 1980s so that I could sit under the shade tree with my Pappaw Donham and visit with him while watering the cows.

What is one thing you would put on your bucket list? I would love to travel and hunt in Alaska.

If you had an all-expense paid trip to see a world monument, which monument would you see? The Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem.

Best advice someone has given me is: “Just because a donkey brays doesn’t mean you have to answer it.”  – Eulous Donham, my maternal grandfather.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? Restoring old furniture and/or homes.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? My Mom’s pot roast with onions and carrots and a side of mashed potatoes and gravy.

If you were a super-hero, what super power would you have? The ability to shoot laser beams from my eyes.  But I would only use that power for good!

Who was your favorite teacher and why? I have two, actually. From elementary school it would be Judy Ryan.  She loved us! And while she was a great teacher of the academic necessities, she also taught us by word and deed the critical social skills children need to survive in the world. She ensured that we worked out our differences, and she didn’t allow any child to be ridiculed or left out by others. In high school, my favorite teacher was Peggy Reynolds. She was just so genuinely nice, and she cared about her students. She recognized when someone was super tired, struggling emotionally, etc. And she knew that her students’ basic human needs had to be met first in order for academic instruction to be effective.