Childcare Staff Spotlight on DEANNA SILVEY
BLONO NATIVE? No…originally from Utah!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY… My husband and I met playing soccer in college at a small school in Iowa. We moved to BloNo so my husband could coach soccer at Illinois State. He is entering his first season as the head coach after being an assistant for two seasons. We have three beautiful children: Donovan (10), Chamae (6) and Anson (1). I am currently working on my group fitness instructor certification!
WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE WORKING WITH CHILDREN? I’m the second of six children, so I have been helping to care for children since I was a child myself. I have an AA degree with an emphasis in elementary education and I was a stay-at-home mom for nine years before I came to work at Four Seasons.
WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU? Caring, easy-going…and awesome (according to my kids and husband!)
WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING IN CHILDCARE, WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY DOING? Watching ISU soccer games, jogging/working out, taking care of my own kids & home, reading or watching Netflix.
NAME ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST…Traveling to Spain with my husband to take in the sights and watch Lionel Messi play in real life.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING IN FOUR SEASONS CHILDCARE? Hanging out with the adorable kids and listening to the hilarious things they come up with!
Hi, I’m Nicole Spencer, Group Fitness Instructor at Four Seasons Health Club. About three and a half years ago I was feeling very self-conscience about my weight. I had low energy, and I could barely keep up with my daughters who were only 15 months apart. I was overweight and unhappy and looking for a solution. I was introduced to the high intensity cardio workout called INSANITY, which was different than anything I had ever done in my life! I felt very challenged, and I discovered muscles that I never knew existed. Although I did not particularly want to continue the workout because it was such a challenge, I knew why I was doing it: for myself and my children. With motivation and determination I stuck with the workouts, and I lost 30 pounds!
INSANITY has changed so many parts of my life. I would not be the person I am today if I had given up on myself when things got tough. INSANITY made such an impact on my life that I wanted to share it with everyone. I became INSANITY certified at Four Seasons in 2014.
Brendan Quinn, Four Seasons Health Club member, was in a motorcycle accident in 2013 that that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Inspired by elite Olympian Josh George, Brendan started training with dreams of competition. On October 8th, 2017, he will compete in the Chicago Marathon. Every day, rain or shine, Brendan goes to the gym or hits the trail to train on his race chair. He has joined the University of Illinois track team and practices every morning before classes. His goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon and at the same time, raise awareness for organizations that help people overcome different disabilities.
Brendan has joined the Easterseals Charity Racing Team. Every dollar raised goes to support children whose families cannot afford rehabilitation services. If you’d like to contribute, please visit kidstherapyprogress.com/volunteers/Brendan%20Quinn. Brendan, you are amazing!
Watch Brendan in action by clicking here.
Meet Peggy Nugent, Childcare worker.
BLONO NATIVE? No, she was born in Laona, WI and grew up in Chicago, IL.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…I am retired from State Farm. I was also a social worker in the foster care system. I have two sons. Kevin is 29 and is looking for a new career in the Chicago area. Michael is 34 and owns Palace Events in Bloomington where he handles all wedding and party needs.
NAME THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU?
Patient, fun and lovable.
WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING IN CHILDCARE, WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY DOING? Exercising, reading, watching movies or playing cards.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING IN FOUR SEASONS CHILDCARE? I love playing with the kids. Until I become a grandma, this fulfills my baby-fix!
Congrats to Ponee & his wife Stacy for their weight loss transformation as a couple! This last year alone, Ponee has dropped 117 pounds! Together they enjoy the atmosphere and variety of Group Fitness classes offered at Four Seasons Health Club. Ponee’s favorite thing about Four Seasons II is the weight room.