Monday, November 24, 2014

Meet the Team: SISTERS Program Specialist, Candice Stump

Hello wonderful Girl Scouts!  My name is Candice Stump and I’m a Program Specialist and my main focus is our "Stay in School to Enjoy Real Success" (SISTERS) at  Girl Scouts of Central Texas. I’ve been working with the Girl Scouts since March of 2014.  Before that, I worked as an Adoption Specialist and Child Welfare Case Manager for 8 years.  Prior to my time in child welfare, I was a Disaster Crisis Counselor for hurricane Katrina evacuees.  I hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.  I have a lot of experience working with children from many different backgrounds and I truly love it!

I grew up in Florida where I loved spending time at the beach, swimming, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving.  I moved to Texas in January of 2014 when my husband, Greg, was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo. I have been married to my amazing husband for over 5 years.  We have 4 children and two Yorkshire terriers that keep us very busy.  I love to travel the world, SCUBA dive, sail, camp, backpack, and hike.  

One thing that most people notice about me is that I almost always have a smile on my face. Most people don’t know that there are two reasons that I’m always smiling.  One is because when I was in the 2nd grade I came home from school one day and told my mom that my school bus driver was grumpy.  My mom suggested that the next time I see my bus driver to try smiling at her.  Well it worked! Every morning and afternoon my bus driver and I shared great big smiles with one another.  I know it always brightened my day and I like to think it brightened hers a little too. The second reason is because of my ballet teacher.  She taught us to keep smile during performances no matter what.  Even if you don’t know all the moves or fall flat on your face just get right back up, keep smiling, and chances are no one will notice. So when you see me with a smile on my face I hope it brightens your day and, on tough days, I hope it gives you the courage to get up and try again.  

I am so excited to be working for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. I love seeing the exciting things the girls are experiencing and achieving through the Girls Scouts.  I am constantly amazed at what the girls are up to.  I am also honored to bring Girl Scout experiences to girls that might not otherwise have this opportunity through the SISTERS program.  

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