Do You Know ?

Today I had the pleasure of being featured in the “Do You Know” profile in the Post & Courier.

Jessica Shields Flowers

BIRTH DATE and place: February 1951, Jackson, Miss.

RESIDENCE: Mount Pleasant.

OCCUPATION: Early childhood specialist and owner of Ripple Effect, where I provide tailored parenting workshops, coaching and classroom management coaching for teachers.

FAMILY: 2 sons, Jay Flowers, 36, and Jesse Flowers, 32; and 1 grandson, Ian Flowers, 6.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Mississippi, Master of Education from George Mason University.

FIVE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: Passionate, determined, spunky, gracious and visionary.

LAST BOOK I READ: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. I was born in Jackson, Miss., and graduated from Ole Miss. The book made me remember what it was like when I was growing up.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for two years. My oldest was born there.

SOMETHING IMPORTANT LIFE HAS TAUGHT ME: No matter what happens to me, I have choices and that I can do it. It’s not what I do but more importantly it is how I do it.

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY: My father loved to hunt squirrels, rabbits and deer. He wore a hunting jacket. My sister and I loved to greet him on his return and pull the squirrels and rabbits out of the pockets to help him dress them. One day he came home early, and we ran to greet him and out of the big pocket peeked a cute Boston terrier puppy. Ginger was my first dog, and I still have the very best memories. Thanks, Daddy.