Jolene Hanlon is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for Nevada. Jolene volunteered for a few years before accepting a position on the PTA board at her son’s school. She loves to sing, dance, bake, and make people laugh. Jolene and her husband, Eric, have been married for 11 years and have 2 children.
What book is currently on your nightstand? Mount Vernon Love Story : A Novel of George and Martha Washington by Mary Higgins Clark
One thing that is going great in education in your state: Changes are being made to the curriculum and new methods are being implemented.
One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state: I wish the kids were challenged more at their own level and encouraged more to excel in things that excite them, such as music, science, history, art.
Your favorite teacher (and why): Mr. Max Hunsaker, Northern Lebanon High School, Fredericksburg, PA. Mr. Hunsaker was so ahead of his time with music. He used synthesizers to record the music with drums, etc., and it felt like a professional grade performance. We had the best high school musicals and learned all genres of music. He brought enthusiasm and excitement to our music and choir classes. I have always loved music and really enjoyed his classes.
Secret indulgence: HERSHEY’S chocolate.
Favorite quote: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” - Charles Shultz
Favorite subject in school (and why): History. I’ve always loved learning about American history. There are so many remarkable people that were needed to get this country moving in the right direction. I have so much respect for them and really enjoy learning about what made them tick.
Biggest wish for your kids: I want my kids to follow their dreams and do something they love.
Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why): I think the most rewarding stage of parenthood starts around age 4 when your child develops their communication skills. They are retaining information and memorable events as well as beginning to form their character.
Favorite family tradition: Growing up, we had a tradition of giving a hand-me-down gift to a sibling at Christmas time. We were assigned a name and had to look for something we had that they would want. It was always a fun challenge and amazing how memorable that gift always was for each of us kids. Many of us have continued the tradition with our own kids.