POTW, Regina Helmick, LaBrae School District

POTW, Regina Helmick, LaBrae School District

Each week, the #SpanningtheNeed podcast will present an “Inspirational Person of the Week’ and have a “Q & A” with one of its many gifted individuals and/or groups who are willing to go out of their own way to help others. This week’s featured is a Regina Helmick, from the LaBrae School District. Nominate someone now.

Name:  Regina M. Helmick
Position: 
LaBrae High School English Teacher
School District: LaBrae Local Schools
What made you want to go into the education field?
My love of the written word and many years of coaching high school cheerleading lead me to my career in education.  I value and admire the individuality, the intelligence, and the zest of young adults and want to offer them a place to be heard. 

What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful in education?
I continuously remind myself that each of my students is a son or a daughter.  Seeing with parental eyes ensures I never forget compassion.  

What is the biggest professional mistake you made along the way?
Years before I became a teacher, a sassy yet respectful senior cheerleader gave me an unexpected thank you card as she exited the cheer bus from our last basketball game.  Knowing that she was not always in agreement with my coaching methods, I was shocked by her gesture.  Her writing in the card revealed her observant nature as she acknowledged the ups and downs of our last four years.  She thanked me for what I thought she never noticed.  However, her “P.S.” line revealed my “biggest professional mistake.”  It read, “Don’t make your favorites so obvious.”  I interminably reread these six words, and they still play over and over in my mind.  Seeing my actions through her eyes made me a better coach then and makes me a better teacher today.

What is the best advice you can give future educators or the public?
Ask for and be willing to listen to student feedback. They know you as a teacher better than any principal, colleague, or professor ever will.   

If you could start all over again, what would you do differently regarding your profession? 
Nothing. 

What song best describes you or is the soundtrack to your life?
As the final song of almost every family wedding in Fairmont, West Virginia, John Denver’s “Country Roads” fills me with unparalleled comfort. The vivid memory of swaying arm and arm and singing off key with generations of those I love and that love me plays in my mind no matter when or where I hear this song. 

What is your best accomplishment/experience in life?Becoming a mom ranks as my top life experience, grounding me and giving me purpose. 

Who is your role model and Why?
My mom is my role model. She raised my four brothers, my sister, and me with love and faith.  She supported all of our interests and allowed us to prosper as individuals, all while instilling an unmatched work ethic. Her patience and acceptance created the ideal environment for children to be children, and her own actions created the archetype needed for us to grow into successful and fulfilled adults.

If there was one person that you would like to meet, past or present, who would it be and why?
I would like to meet my mom when she was in high school.  I would love to know the strong, young woman responsible for my confidence and my faithfulness.

A favorite quote that you live by?
“I am a human being, not a human doing.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

POTW, Rosetta Carter, ACTION for a Better Community

POTW, Rosetta Carter, ACTION for a Better Community

Each week, the #SpanningtheNeed podcast will present an “Inspirational Person of the Week’ and have a “Q & A” with one of its many gifted individuals and/or groups who are willing to go out of their own way to help others. This week’s featured is a Rosetta Carter from ACTION for a Better Community. Nominate someone now.

Name: Rosetta Carter
Occupation 
Organizer
Position: Executive Director
Organization: 
ACTION for a Better Community
Bio: Rosetta Carter (Rose) is a lifelong resident of the Valley. She is the eldest of three children born to Dec. and Mrs. Clifton Carter, mother of (2) daughters, 2 grandsons, and 4 great grandchildren. Rosetta is a graduate of The Rayen School, Bangor School of Nursing, Bangor Me, Chicago Retain Management, attended YSU, and Bradley School in Divinity.

She retired from Huntington Bank after 23 years at various financial institutions throughout the valley. She was instrumental in helping to creating the CRA in the valley working to improve redlining in Banking. After retiring she worked for Family Service Agency and Credit Counseling in Warren, Ohio.  

She presently serves as the Executive Director/Lead Organizer of ACTION (a Faith based Organization with over 32 Churches, Organizations, and Block watches.  She also is proud to serve as CEO of the Dress to Succeed Ministries that serve those from reentry programs in Ohio State Prison, Trumbull Correctional, CCA and those persons that have a need. She organized the Home for Good Reentry Referral center.

Rosetta is a member of Christ Centered Church under the leadership of Pastor Leta Paramore and Bishop Kenneth Paramore, where she serves as an ordained Elder , Christian Education Director and the Director of Imani, a non profit organization working with the community with the parents and children. She is the CEO. 

What made you want to go into this field? (in video above)
What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful? (in video above)

 

What is the biggest professional mistake you made along the way?
TRYING TO WEAR TOO MANY HATS AT ONE TIME.

What is the hardest decision you ever had to make in this field?
Having to reprimand co workers

If you could start all over again, what would you do differently regarding your profession? Nothing, I love the one on one and the relationships I have made with people all over the valley, city, nation.

What inspires you to do good in our community?
I love God and people.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering in our community?
Meeting and giving a hand up to people of all ages.

What song best describes you or is the soundtrack to your life?
“Better together” sang by Pastor Cynthia Wright Palmer.

What is your best accomplishment/experience in life?
My 2) beautiful daughters

Who is your role model and Why?
My Mom, she was strong, faithful, wise, beautiful and loving. She cooked, sewed, did hair, worked in the church , and raised (3) beautiful daughters and loved my dad until the end.

If there was one person that you would like to meet, past or present and why? I would like to meet Michele Obama, She is the epitome of womanhood

A favorite quote that you live by?
If anybody asks you who I am,  Tell them I am a child of the King. 

POTW, Collins Michaels, Campbell Memorial Red Devils

POTW, Collins Michaels, Campbell Memorial Red Devils

Each week, the #SpanningtheNeed podcast will present an “Inspirational Person of the Week’ and have a “Q & A” with one of its many gifted individuals and/or groups who are willing to go out of their own way to help others and/or student-athletes who display distinction, dedication, and perseverance in the classroom. This week’s featured is a student athlete player and is Collin Michaels from Campbell Memorial Red Devils. Nominate someone now.

Name: Collin Michaels 
School: Campbell Memorial Red Devils
Sport/Position: Baseball/Pitcher and First base 
Class: 2021 
GPA: 3.792 
Bio: My name is Collin Michaels and I’m a senior at Campbell Memorial High School. I am team captain of the Campbell Memorial baseball team, playing first base and pitching. 

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on attending Youngstown State University, where I will be majoring in Exercise Science, then further my education in Physical Therapy. 

What is your favorite class?
CCP English. 

What do you enjoy most about playing this sport?
I enjoy the atmosphere most while playing baseball. 

What type of volunteer work are you involved in within your community?
I do many things throughout the community which include, working the chains for the CLRD, recorded the varsity basketball games, worked the pancake breakfast at St. Lucy’s Church, worked the concession stand at Christ the Good Shepherd Church, worked the food drive for the Difference Makers, and sold tickets for the class of 2021. 

What is the most memorable moment in your scholastic career?
My most memorable moment in my scholastic career is getting inducted into the National Honors Society. 

What is your favorite sports related movie?
Major League

Who has the best nickname on the team and what is it?
The best nickname on the team is Big Juicy, that is what we call Harry

Who is your role model?
Dad

What is your favorite food?
steak. 

Are you looking to continue your playing career in college?
Yes, I am looking to play college baseball.

Do you have a field of study already chosen when you go to college? Why that field?
Yes, Physical Therapy because I love helping others. 

What team do you most enthusiastically root for? (any sport)
The Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Indians. 

A favorite quote by which you live?
“Just remember: The people that say, ‘your dreams are impossible’ have already quit on theirs.” -Grant Cardone