“I consider myself a steward in many different roles, primarily as a substitute teacher in Kent and Queen Anne’s County. So for me children’s services is one of my biggest stewardship roles. I almost always speak about bullying in every lesson that I provide. I ask them: ‘What do you have no control over?’ They look at me. So I tell them, you don’t have control over what people say to you or how people treat you. ‘What is the power that you do have?’ You have the power to ignore them. You have the power to walk away. You have the power to say, ‘I don’t like that.’ You have the power to find someone to help. I am really passionate about trying to wake them up, to be a refuge. “
Photographed and Interviewed by Hope Wilburn
Editor Note: The Chestertown Spy and RiverArts have partnered in 2016 to share the art organization’s community arts project “Humans of Kent County,” designed to celebrate the wonderful, unique folks who live and work in Kent County. Citizens are invited to interview and photograph from young to old from all corners of the county and to submit a photograph and brief story to be part of the project. It will be posted on the Spy each week and each quarter the most interesting photos and stories will be enlarged and produced for an exhibition at the RiverArts gallery in Chestertown.