Name: Jennifer Headrick York
Occupation: Director of Business Operations, Blount County Public Library
Married to Arland York. They have five children: Bailey Headrick, 13; Madison Headrick, 11; Eily York, 8; Hadley and Wheatley York, 5.
What was your first paying job?
“After high school, I worked at Minton’s (women’s clothing store) in Foothills Mall.”
If you were stranded on an deserted island, what one thing would you take?
“I would have to take my Bible to keep my faith as close as possible since I couldn’t have my family with me. They are my rock!”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Las Vegas, baby!”
What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?
“Going on a honeymoon!”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“In ‘Finding Nemo,’ when Dori gets lost, she starts singing, ‘Just keep swimming, swimming…what do we do? WE SWIM!’ I have used that motto many times through the years. You have to keep swimming, no matter how deep or long it seems.
What are you guilty of?
“Probably loving too much, or over committing myself.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“I think there is something out there somewhere. I’m just not sure what or where it could be.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My wedding ring. It is a constant reminder of how lucky I am. People are too quick to find grounds for divorce. The trick is to find grounds for marriage.”
What are you reading currently?
“ ‘The Courage to be a Stepmom,’ by Sue Thoele. It’s a must read for any stepmother at any stage or age in life.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“Does Dr. Phil count?”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“ It would have to be last year at a Maryville Biddy League game at MHS. I was holding my son’s laser pointer (so that he wouldn’t get into trouble), and Ralph Goodson was coaching a game. I beamed the laser on his forehead from across the gym. I swear I was not being malicious. I was just trying to joke, but the referee stopped the game, pointed me out and threw me out of the gym!”
Why did you pursue the career you chose?
“Although I passionately loved my previous career, it required a lot of extra hours from me. That meant time away from my family. I saw an outstanding learning opportunity at the library and a chance to slow down a bit. Being in the most beautiful building in the county and watching the hundreds of daily patrons enjoy the facilities is a bonus.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Being positive. I have been through some hard times but have always been asked how I stay so happy through it all. I always try to see the positive in something, even if it is on the bottom – reach down and pull it out and make it shine!”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“A school teacher. I have always had the calling to teach children...maybe that is why I have been blessed with five now.”
What is your passion?
“God, family and home. I work very hard at building a fun, secure home full of love and affection, a place where the kids will always want to come home to now and bring their friends and bring their own families back to when they are grown.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My husband. Our busy schedules with the kids’ extracurricular activities prevent one-on-one time like that. A long lunch with him would be nice.”
What do you hate?
“Liars. I have dealt with so many and have never been able to figure out how they keep up with all the lies. I would be a nervous wreck.”
What’s your favorite quote?
“ ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’ ”
Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?
What is your all-time favorite movie?
What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Sandy (Olivia-Newton John) in ‘Grease.’ I loved that movie!”
What is the best present you ever received?
“My best present was my husband. As a single mom of 10 years, I thought my life was so complete because I had my children and was always on the go with them, working and going to school. When he came along, he brought so much more than I could have ever imagined to our lives.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“I would say the best advice my mom gave me was much bigger than just telling me something. She led me by example and by being the glue to our family.”
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“No. I was always the one talking, and the one I was talking to was the one who got into trouble – sorry Tammy!”