Face to Face: Bonner Springs Elementary nurse Tammy Dooley
Name: Tammy Dooley
Family: Husband, Joe; children, Joseph, 21; Travis, 19; and Alayna, 15.
Occupation: Nine years as school nurse at Bonner Springs Elementary
Dream job as a child: Psychologist.
“I guess I use a little bit of that here (at BSE) sometimes,” Dooley says. “But I ended up being a nurse, and it’s been a really good career for me.”
Hobbies: Dooley enjoys taking beach vacations, but until recently, her main hobbies have been supporting her children’s activities.
Now that her two eldest children are in college at Kansas State University and she has a bit more time to herself, she says exercise is now her main hobby.
“Because of work and because of my age, wellness has become a big focus personally and here at work,” she said.
Digging Deeper: Exercise is on Dooley’s mind almost constantly because she has been helping lead the Wellness Initiative at Bonner Springs Elementary for the last five years.
“It’s just a general feeling here that teaching wellness is just as important as teaching reading and math,” she said.
She said it has been fun to see children really understand how exercise and diet impacts their lives.
“It’s just amazing to me that sometimes, kids will come into my office randomly and say ‘Hey, I ate my vegetables today,’” she said. “… It’s fun to see that it’s working.”
The school is currently taking part in a fitness challenge for both students and teachers, and Dooley says she likes seeing classes making use of “Brain Breaks,” taking a few moments for students to get their body moving and “wake up their brain.”
“It’s been proven that physical activity helps improve brain function, so that’s just part of what we do here,” Dooley said.