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Team SLOCA Friday Faves: Lead Team

October 27th, 2017

{staff photo by Cameron Ingalls}

This week we’d like to introduce you to SLOCA’s Lead Team, our intrepid leaders who guide the ship and work continually to keep our school thriving. They are wonderful and inspiring – come meet them through the photos they’ve shared! Here are a few of their favorite things, or things they use every day, or objects that represent something important to them.

Some included comments and others opted not to, but you can always find any of these ladies and ask about their items if you’re curious. In most cases you can click on each photo to see a slightly larger version.

Finally, we again remind you that although we don’t have photos of each person to go along with their curated “faves” photos, you can find a sketch of many (but not all) of our Team SLOCA members on the Our Staff page of our website.

Susie Theule, Executive and Visionary Director:

This is all stuff I use daily on a very, very consistent basis. They are built into my rhythm!:

  • Computer ('nough said)
  • Stack of books (always reading!)
  • Giant water bottle (heavy enough to knock someone out)
  • Car key (always driving!?)
  • Sunglasses (even on cloudy days)
  • Pen (this type of pen in particular)
  • Journal (working on "always writing")
  • Plants (My kids tell me I have 45+ now inside. These are new additions the last couple years now that my 4 kids are older and I finally have the bandwidth to care for other living things!)
  • Burt's Bees lip balm (panic sets in when it is misplaced)
  • SLOCA coffee cup (for my mean cups of decaf morning and late afternoon.)


Kateri Rein, High School Director:

These items are special to me and make my daily life richer:

  • A is for Annabelle: a favorite childhood book. My love of reading and illustrations started young and continues. I have a dream to one day write and illustrate a children's book.
  • Photos: my family, most special to me.
  • Mug: made by my cousin and perfect for wrapping my perpetually cold hands around.  
  • Coffee: I am a big fan, especially of Sweet Bloom, from my sister's neighborhood roaster in Colorado.
  • Ticket: I love going to the theater and my family and I have a special fondness for the PCPA.
  • Colored pencils, extra fine point pens, notebooks:  I take a lot of notes in my job, but I also enjoy (and do as often as I can) art, lettering, and journaling.
  • Glasses: because I like seeing clearly into the distance!
  • Lotion:  happy citrus scent and not too greasy.
  • Planner:  I have a crazy obsession with planners - maybe it is just that I can't find the perfect one, but I change them up often.
  • I probably should have included my computer which I could not do my job without. My job is also special to me and a big part of my daily life!


Merideth Eades, Little Wonders Director; Junior Kindergarten Teacher, Track A:

  • Globe. My husband and I love to travel and before we had children, we took two 5 week trips backpacking all over Europe with Eastern Europe being our favorite place to explore. We are planning to go back with our children the summer of 2019. 
  • Wallace Stegner's book Crossing to Safety was the first book I read as a young adult that changed my reading life. He is still one of my favorite authors and Crossing to Safety is a book my husband and I go back to time and time again. He is currently re-reading it as I write this. Crossing to Safety is sitting on top of my worn copy of the…
  • Bible. I've had it for 25 years and it has been a source of comfort and wisdom for me throughout my life.
  • Next is one of the MANY rocks that are scattered around my house. We spend a lot of time outside exploring and someone is always wanting to bring something home.
  • The jar of beautiful colored pencils represents my love and appreciation for art at home and in the classroom.
  • My mom's Gingher sewing scissors because I love to sew.  Quite possibly the best pair of scissors out there. I am passing on the tradition of instilling the fear of God if these are used on anything other than fabric. "You're welcome, children.”
  • Yoda Lego mini figure. I have two boys AND I love Star Wars.
  • My "not for running" but hiking shoes. I ran religiously for 20 years but now I hike.
  • Mussel shell. I have lived on the coast for most of my life. I love the beach and don't think I could ever live far from it.  
  • The number 5. We are a family of 5. For 6 years there were only 4 of us, and then God blessed us with Sam.
  • ***In the lower right corner is a glimmer of our cat Maddie. He is a pure breed Bengal and a pill. He was not chosen for the picture but slipped in because he's needy. 


Amy Calloway, Admissions and Parent Care Director:

  • My husband and I laugh a lot - many times laughing until we cry. We have fun together. We love playing Fantasy Football, watching the Broncos play, and riding our Indian motorcycle. 
  • I am working on a few things this year: boundaries at work and in my life, learning to cook different things in my Instant Pot, and spending more time with my family.
  • Things I tend to be a bit obsessed with: Peeps, SLOCA, and Breakfast! Most of the time I love to cook full breakfasts: breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza, breakfast quesadillas, breakfast muffins, scrambles, omelets, french toast, pancakes, fried potatoes, you name it – it's yummy! I have been known to be up cooking breakfast at 5:00 in the morning because we have an early day.
  • I am an Apple girl. From the minute I tried out my Mac laptop, I realized that it was my thing. I love my Apple watch, phone, and Ipad. They work when I use them! PCs and watches tend to stop working around me.  
  • Also, I have three pups and one cat. But I couldn't figure out how to get them to sit still long enough to be in my picture. I am also known to love a good ice cold beer from time-to-time. 


Cozy Faber, Development Director:

We sincerely appreciate you, Lead Team! Thank you for sharing a bit of yourselves with us on the blog. Readers, next Friday we wrap up this series so come back for the final installment!


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