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Let’s Meet Teresa Rende, Statewide Training Coordinator

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

teresa-300Supporting SOWA’s statewide Community Workshops requires one to be a Jack/Jane of Many Trades. You have to do everything from event management to working with databases, and then you have to know a thing or two about working with youth on top of that. SOWA found a Jane of Many Trades in Teresa Rende, who’s worked in such diverse settings as a youth theater and a cruise ship. Let’s get to know her!

Where are you from?

I was born, raised and spent most of my life in Chicago, though I’ve also lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and internationally, working on board MS Norwegian Gem in the west Mediterranean and Caribbean. I relocated to the Seattle area in June 2016 and as I’m staying with family, I still don’t know where my home here will be, though the south side is looking pretty good!

What do you like to do in your own time?

I love to be outdoors; I enjoy sporting activities like canoeing, hiking and running, but I also love the outdoors for more leisurely experiences like relaxing with my family by Lost Lake (in Shelton, WA), attending music festivals and concerts, and visiting local fairs to try new food and drink. I especially enjoy doing any of the aforementioned activities with a camera in hand! On a quiet night in, I love to color Johanna Basford books while listening to new album releases or NPR.

What brought you to SOWA?

Though we met in Chicago, my fiancé is from Burien and I fell in love with Washington within a few visits. After nearly six years working as the Education and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Goodman Theatre, I relocated to Washington to join the team at SOWA. I miss the theatre and working directly with youth and Chicago teachers, but I’m so excited to bring my skills in facilitation and administration to the statewide training team.

Tell us one thing you are proud of.

Completing my first Chicago Marathon last year. It may not be a unique achievement, but as someone who was never athletic growing up, it’s something I thought myself incapable of just a few years ago (and this year I’m going out for my second).


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