Seguin Citizen: Kalei Dodson
Posted on 6/16/2017 1:00:00 PM.

What is your current occupation?
"I work in childcare at Sprout's Learning Academy."

What does that involve?
"Not only watching over children in a safe, respectable manner, but helping them grow by teaching them things that will help them in school and at home - like helping with potty training, manners, etc."

What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?
"I absolutely love watching movies and going on hikes or bike riding."
When and where were you born?
"I was born here in Seguin, Texas in August of '98."
What's the most recent book you've read?
"Thirteen Reasons Why"
What is the best advice you've ever received?
"Write that every day is the best day of the year."
What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"The death of someone very close to my mother and I, Anthony Jackson. He was only 20 and he's missed by so many."
If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"Bubbly and caring"
What inspires you?
"My mother, I hope to be as motivated, family oriented and caring as she has always been. She's a great mother and friend to all."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?
"My mother, Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Selena and Jesus"
What is your favorite TV show and why?
"Arrow, the whole story line is interesting and the action keeps you hooked."
What are your roles in the community?
"Active friend to many, a daughter to an amazing mother and a teacher/role model to the children of Sprout's."
What is your educational background?
"I'm a 2016 graduate from Seguin High School."
What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"In my 'professional field' I'm lucky enough to be able to work with children in Seguin and help them grow!"

Share your family.
"It's my mother, Stella Tristan and I in my household, but with my grandpa having 19 siblings my family is huge including plenty of aunt, uncles and cousins."
What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?
"Being able to help others and keep everyone around me with a smile on their face."

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?
"I was born and raised here. It's what I know."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Believe it or not, our community comes together a lot and we stick together."
What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?
"I believe having more social events like concerts, market days downtown, fiestas etc. would bring everyone together even more."

Do you have any family roots/history in the area?
"My family has all been born and raised in Seguin. So this is home for both my Tristan and Dodson side."
What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?
"I plan to eventually go to college and become a dental hygienist and see where that takes me."

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