Mentor of the Month: Karen Bailey |

Mentor of the Month: Karen Bailey

Special to the DailyMentor of the month Karen Bailey and her mentee Chloe.

Q: What is one of your favorite things to do with the young person you are mentoring?A: One of my favorite things to do with my mentee is to sit and chat. We may be in the car or at our favorite ice cream establishment, relaxed and chatting. It doesn’t matter what we talk about, it is just two people engaged in conversation, enjoying each others’ company.Q: Who is the most influential person in your life?A: I have two influential people in my life: my mother and my husband. My mother encouraged me to get an education and become a teacher, which I did. My husband took over from there and taught me that life can be many things. We have lived a long life together and it has never been boring!Q: Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why? A: The most interesting place I have ever lived was Alaska where we were for five years. You surround yourself with people who become your extended family. You mistakenly buy flashlight batteries for the run to the john when it is so light in the tent that you could have read a book all night. You watch and listen to the aurora borealis on a clear, cold night and wonder at its complete fascination. The untamed natural beauty of the state is breathtaking!Q: Share an experience that made an impact on you. A: What has made an impact on me… I can easily say children. We have two grown children of our own and they never cease to fascinate us with the decisions they make and their approach to life. We now have grandchildren and life is so much more fun with them a part of it. Teaching first-, second- and third-graders kept me in the field for years because interacting with children is both challenging and rewarding. The Mountain Mentor Program is another way to give back. My mentee will always be an important part of my life.

Born and raised: PuebloMusic: Since I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s the music I like is from that era, but I also like lots of other types of music and think that I am more of an eclectic.Favorite Book: I love to read and favor a good historical fiction, but will read most anything that catches my interest.Favorite outdoor activities: My husband and I retired to Summit County because we couldn’t handle the ski traffic on Interstate 70 as we love to ski without the stress. My husband is an avid road bicyclist. I have been his support for three Ride the Rockies, a tour of the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico and a cross-country trip from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va. We also enjoy fishing, even though fishing in Alaska all but spoiled us.

What is Chloe’s favorite part of having Karen as a mentor? “Karen is a lot of fun to be around and she always keeps me on track and lets me still have fun!”

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