School Board Spotlight: Elizabeth Trapp

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3ef42d75-14f8-4e66-9310-cbbe2faccf27How many children and/or pets do you have? Josh, my husband, and I have two children, Thomas (age 6) and Anne Whitten (age 4) with another one on the way. We also have a Labradoodle, Finn (11 months) and a cat, Abby (13 years).  

Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in the Gulf Coast? I am originally from Ruston, Louisiana, a small town in north Louisiana. Josh and I moved to Santa Rosa Beach three years ago from Hernando, MS, a suburb of Memphis, TN, where we had lived for nine years.

What is the last book your read? I just finished For the Love by Jen Hatmaker and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Just before those, I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, which is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time.

What is your favorite dessert? Oh, there are so many! I love dessert. If I had to pick just one, I would say a warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream. 

What’s your favorite movie of all time? I also love to watch movies, so it is hard to pick just one.  But “Good Will Hunting” and “Dead Poets Society” have been long-time favorites.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? I love The Bay and I love the sushi at Old Florida Fish House.  

What’s your favorite sports team and why? I graduated from LSU, so I love the LSU Tigers!!! 

If you had to be trapped inside a television show for one month, which show would you pick? Oh my!  Maybe Modern Family…it always makes me laugh. Unless I could be put on Dancing with the Stars and dance with the pros!

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why? I don’t think I could possibly choose, because each year brings new experiences.  

What has surprised you most about joining the School’s Board of Trustees at CTK? It has been a pleasure working with a group who come from so many different backgrounds and fields of expertise whose main goal is to strengthen and grow our sweet little school. I think the biggest surprise is the challenge we are facing trying to determine the best way to grow our school as the church and community continue to grow.  

What do you find most gratifying about being on the School Board? The Tree House is a growing, thriving school. It is incredibly gratifying to be able to contribute to its growth by helping with fundraising. I love seeing how much of an impact the money we raise has, not only on the school as a whole, but in how we are able to send teachers to the Montessori conference. I love knowing that we are able to give them this experience, and I think it is incredibly important to maintaining a high standard for our classrooms.  

What motivated you to be on the School Board for three years? Josh and I have loved The Tree House since the moment we toured it when we first moved to the area and were looking for a preschool for Thomas. When I was given the opportunity to serve on the Board, I couldn’t pass it up. What an exciting time to participate in the decisions that will shape the future of our growing school as it serves a growing community. It is my nature to be involved in whatever is going on in my world. At this point in my life, my children’s school is where my energy is directed, and I have been thrilled to have an impact on that.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I love to read, bake, go for walks with my dog, and, when I’m not pregnant, I really love a tough workout. 

Share your favorite material object that you already own? I love my dining room table. It was my maternal grandmother’s, and she is the woman who taught me a love of baking. She has a very special place in my heart.   

Name three things that make you smile. My family (including my pets), the Gulf, and spending time with friends, especially if it is around the dinner table!

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