Editor’s note: This week we are continuing a feature called Q&A. Through this feature we hope to help you get to know your neighbors, government officials and others in the community. Today we feature Nicole Caldwell, who has been the county director at the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse for one year. She has worked at the center for eight.
Family: married to Matthew Caldwell for eight years; two sons: Connor, 4, and Aiden, 2
Education: Brighton High School class of 2004; BA in Social Work from University of Memphis and currently attend UT Knoxville Online pursuing Masters in Social Work
Vehicle: 2013 Chevy Malibu
Favorite music: country
Favorite beverage: Coke Zero
Favorite food: hot wings and fried pickles
Favorite movie: "The Heat"
Favorite TV show: "The Big Bang Theory"
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a veterinarian.
Q: What person had the biggest influence on you growing up and why?
A: I would say my parents were the biggest influence in my life. They have always challenged me to go the extra mile in my endeavors, and don’t just settle for good. Go for greatness.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love to garden and go to UT Football Games.
Q: What's the most rewarding thing about your job? A: The most rewarding about my job is knowing that we help protect innocent, victimized children, and that the center gives them the tools and skills that they to succeed in life.
Q: Tell us about this year's Dancing With the Stars event.
A: This year’s gala is going to be spectacular with live entertainment from our very own stars of Tipton County! Our theme this year is "Country Boys and Girls Getting’ Down for the Cause" at Covington High School on April 26. Thank you to the three couples who have already committed: Bo and Kathleen Burk, Stephen and Jennifer Shopher and Lyle and Julie Jones, plus many more to be announced. They will be competing for the Grand Champion Mirror Ball Trophy and a People’s Choice Award. You can vote for your favorite dancer starting now through the end of the event. During the event we will have a calf roping machine so you can show off your cowboy skills. We have great live auction items, showcasing a signature Les Paul guitar, Disney World Theme Park tickets, and lovely oval diamond earrings from Roberts Jewelers, and a week-long vacation to the mountains of Frasier, Colo. Please call the center for sponsorship and ticket information at 901-476-1515.