Seguin Citizen: Donna Aupperle
Posted on 11/3/2017 1:31:00 PM.

What is your current occupation?
"Child care center owner/director"
What does that involve?
"I remodeled a previous child care building and am now running a
new child care center."
What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?
"Ride a motorcycle with my husband"
When and where were you born?
"I was born in Syracuse, New York on April 10th."
What's the most recent book you've read?
"Positive Discipline for Child Care Providers."
What is the best advice you've ever received?
“The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.”
What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"Opening my own child care center."
If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"Driven and persistent."
What inspires you?
"My love for children."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or
dead), who would they be?
"My maternal grandmother, Jesus Christ, God, Holy Spirit, paternal
What is your favorite TV show and why?
"I don’t have one. I do not watch TV."
What are your roles in the community?
"I used to be a CASA volunteer but had to give it up when I took a
job with CPS as a FBSS caseworker. I volunteer at First Baptist
Church as the 3 year old Sunday School Teacher. I help out the
Pregnancy center whenever possible. I am a new business owner in the
community (Parents Preferred Child Care, LLC)"
What is your educational background?
"I graduated from high school in a small town in upstate New York
called Central Square. I went to college at a community college in
Syracuse, New York for my associates degree. I attended an
independent study program for my Bachelor’s degree in Child and
Family Program Development and management."
What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I was a bookkeeper for over 25 years before moving to Texas in
2008. I ran a licensed childcare in my home when my children were
small. I am the founder of a school age child care center at a small
Methodist church in Brewerton, New York that is now a full age child
care center. I formed a 501 c 3 non-profit organization in New York
called Family Forward of Central New York. I am now the owner/
director of my own child care center."
Share your family.
"I have been married to Karl Aupperle since April 4, 2004 when we
eloped to Las Vegas to get married. I have two children with Robert
Bean, my ex-husband, and my son has two boys ages 3 and 10. I have
one brother who is married with two grown girls and my father lives
in Florida with his new wife after my mother died in 2009."
What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest
"Forming a school-age child care program at my church that is still
in existence over 27 years later. "
What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?
"My husband and I wanted to move from New York to a warmer, sunnier,
drier place. We literally pointed to a spot on a map and visited
Canyon Lake, Texas. A year later, we moved to New Braunfels, Texas
because it was centrally located between San Antonio and Austin for
the job market. We wanted to buy a house with some property attached
and moved to Seguin after finding the ‘perfect’ house for our needs
in Seguin."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"It is still small enough for people to know each other and many
have family in the same town. I like the community support such as
the ART bus for those who have no transportation."
What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that
would further strengthen the community?
"I would like to see more of a recycling effort in the town. When
we first moved to Seguin in 2010, there was no place to take recycling
for free and it is still very limited."
Do you have any family roots/history in the area?
"My husband and I are both from upstate New York and have no family
or roots in Texas."
What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?
"We plan to purchase another child care center in another community
to help support the one we just opened so we can offer higher wages
to our employees and more benefits. My husband and I drove across country from New York to Texas at the end of November of 2008 with our family dog, Zena, who was a pure
bred, black, German Shepherd. She passed away in April of 2016 after
being with us since 2003. We left New York in a blinding snow storm
and 18 degrees and did not leave ‘snow’ until we left Ohio. We
arrived to 70 degree weather in New Braunfels, Texas where we lived
for the first nine months before moving to Seguin Texas. We do not
have any plans to leave Seguin, Texas in the future."

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