Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2006

Mom stays busy with PTA

January 5, 2006

Each morning, Robin Goebel packs off three of her four young children to Lansing Elementary School. Soon afterward, she follows them to the school, where she spend hours each week as president of the Lansing Parent-Teacher Association.

Goebel, whose house is within walking distance of the school, began working with the PTA when her oldest child, now in fifth grade, started school. The first year Goebel was a "copy lady."

"I just copied everything," she explained.

The second year, she coordinated teachers' lunches; the next year she organized the spring carnival; and by her fourth year in the organization she was vice president.

The duties of president of the PTA involve "everything," Goebel said. "Fundraising. Trying to make people aware of what the PTA does. Finding volunteers. Talking on the phone a lot."

Before becoming a full-time mother, Goebel, who grew up in Topeka, received a master's degree in public administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City and worked in administration in nursing homes.

She jokes that she has only worked with "really young people and old people."

Her involvement with children doesn't end with the end of the school week, either. She and her husband, Dave, teach preschool on Sundays at Trinity Lutheran Church, where they are members.

Name: Robin Sharon Goebel

Occupation: Mom. I am honored and fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom.

Family: husband, Dave; sons, Drew and Dane; daughters, Meg and Jen

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? 15 years. I married David and he was in the Army.

What do you like most about Lansing? The friendly and talented people who live here.

What do you do for fun? Ski at Weston, dinner theater with Dave, visit with friends.

What would surprise people most about you? Before I was a full time mom, I was a dyed-in-the-wool career woman.

What's the best advice you've ever received? Count your blessings.

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Lansing PTA and Trinity Lutheran Church

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