1) What is your name? Robbi Behr
2) Where did you grow up? Chestertown! Born in the Chestertown Hospital! Played in the County Courthouse Courtyard! Got Swedish Fish at Scottie’s and ice cream at Stam’s and truly terrible Mother’s Day presents at McCrory’s! (that’s to show I’ve got some local cred)
3) What is your relationship to KCPS? Went to Chestertown Elementary, Chestertown Middle and Kent County High (Class of ’92, woot woot!) Also have two kids currently at Garnet Elementary and two more headed there in the not-so-distant future.
4) What do you do for a living? I am an illustrator. I’ve published two children’s books with Macmillan with a third being released this coming November. My husband and I also run two independent presses publishing illustrated satire for adults and picture books for kids. We’ve created over 70 indie books together. Some are not as good as others, obviously.
5) Interests and hobbies? Apparently, making babies.
1) What is your name? Jodi Bortz
2) Where did you grow up? I grew up right here, in Kent County. My family has been here for generations. My grandmother was the town operator in the 60’s. My Dad knows every back road, where it goes, and has a story to go with it. After I graduated high school, I left for college and career, but dragged my husband and kiddos back here a few years ago. I want them to know the warm, welcoming, safe, happy place that I got to know as a kid. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
3) What is your relationship to KCPS? Like Robbi, I also went to Chestertown Elementary, Chestertown Middle School, and Kent County High School (also class of 1992 woot woot woot!). I have two kiddos who are loving their experience at Garnet Elementary School. I also have worked in the past as a substitute teacher, mostly at the middle school and high school, and I volunteer from time to time doing coaching with the flutes at both schools.
4) What do you do for a living? I run 2 businesses. I have a letterpress printing business where I make artistic labels and tags for businesses, wedding invitations, and greeting cards. I also make and distribute a flute cleaning device that I invented and got a patent for in 2015. Oh, and I am a choir director. Oh, and I teach private music lessons. Oh, I think that’s it. Yeah, that’s it.
5) Interests and hobbies? Music! I love to play music. I love to sing. I love to play my flute. I love teaching my kids to love music too. Also, apparently I am a trouble maker. So I like making trouble!
1) What is your name? Rebecca Heriz-Smith
2) Where did you grow up? I was born in Utah and moved to Delaware when I was 3. My first elementary school was close enough to walk. After 3rd grade, the school was closed and turned into a retirement home. After 5th grade I went though another school closing, to become another retirement village! The consolidation process for KCPS hit close to home for me, but I survived, so I knew my kids would too. I graduated from AI DuPont HS, in Greenville, DE, in 1988. I didn’t come to the Eastern Shore until 2006, and I am fortunate to call Kent County “home”.
3) What is your relationship to KCPS? We live right in town in Millington, close enough to walk to MES. We were fortunate to have 3 great years there, with my oldest there from 1st-3rd grade, and my youngest got to go there for PreK and Kindergarten. We were heartbroken when we found out that Millington would be closing, and that’s why the SOS Facebook group was formed. We wanted a way for parents all over the county to be able to discuss consolidation and share information.
4) What do you do for a living? Social media entrepreneur with more than 20k active followers. Aromatherapist and Essential Oil Instructor, Social activist and coordinator of our local non-profit children’s art center KidSPOT.
5) Interests and hobbies? Arts and crafts, both on my own and with my kids. Late night dance parties in the kitchen with my boys. Pit bull Advocacy. Playing with my 3 dogs (all pit bulls). Going to the trampoline park with my kids (yes, I jump too!) Volunteering in the elementary schools, whenever I can!
1) What is your name? Elizabeth Proffitt
2) Where did you grow up? At the age of 7, I moved to Galena, from Florida. Loved the quietness and closeness of the town. We then moved to Lynch and later we moved to Worton. Grew up walking to Clark’s store, and eating lunch at five star in Worton. I love the area so much, I purchased my first home right in Worton in 2007.
3) What is your relationship to KCPS? From second grade at Millington Elementary, to third and fourth grade at Worton, spending my middle school years at then Chestertown Middle School, and now my own three children attending kent county public schools.
4) What do you do for a living? Children’s advocate for Mental health. I also babysit a miniature general who is high strung like his mother.
5) Interests and hobbies? Crafts, master rock painter of course. I can make an awesome diaper cake! Driving around time being nosey, jamming to music. I’m involved in SECAC (special educations citizens advisory committee) helping bring workshops and awareness to parents and caregivers of special needs.
1) What is your name? Francoise Sullivan
2) Where did you grow up? My dad was in the military (USMC) for most of my childhood so I grew up all over the United States including North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Virginia and Maryland. My husband and I moved to Kent County in 2002.
3) What is your relationship to KCPS? I have one child in Kent County Public Schools and another who currently attends Friendship Montessori School but will be in KCPS in a year. I am on my school PTA and Chair American Education Week as well as help with school fundraisers.
4) What do you do for a living? I would call myself a Work-At-Home-Mom (WAHM). I run my own business doing website design and graphic design – mostly for local artists and non-profits. I started Moo Productions before I had children and, like everyone I know, am still learning how to balance my work with taking care of my family.
5) Interests and hobbies? I enjoy reading (when I can), listening to music (when I can), going to see plays (when I can). I’ve been on a few local boards and committees including the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, the Harry Potter Festival, and the KidSpot Advisory Board. I also organize Hebe’s Garden which provides free children’s programming on Saturdays during the summer at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market.