Jeanne Hayden with YMCA “Little” Bella Allen

GOAL $2000

Get To Know Jeanne Hayden And Why She Said Yes To Being A Model

How did you get roped into doing this, and what was your first thought when asked?

Sarah Allen asked me because we have been coworkers for a long time. I thought it would be a fun way to raise more friends and funds for the Y.

Why did you say yes?

To continue to make a difference.

What is your official job title?

Retired in May 2019 from the Y as Child Development Area Director, focus on early childhood programs for children under 6.

How would you describe your job to your mother?

Helping other adults be the best they can be for children by training about quality and social emotional development.

All families are unique, tell us about yours.

Both my family or origin and married families were blended. I think that helped me see the value of different opinions and lifestyles. All four of our daughters are grown adults; 3 live in California, the other in Spokane. We have two grandchildren also grown; and one great-granddaughter who is almost three years of age who lives in Pocatello.

Tell us about your personal passions, talents, and/or hobbies.

I love to read; have a vegetable, fruit and flower garden of almost ½ acre on the Bench; my husband Terry and I are competitive ballroom dancers; I also belly dance; and enjoy RV camping and fishing in Alaska most summers.

What is something that you swore you would never do as a parent before you had kids that you do now?

Until you are a parent, you cannot predict the amount and depth of love you have for our babies; that love just grows and changes as they grow up. I enjoy my children and grandchildren as adults.

Who inspired you when you were growing up, and why?

My father was my inspiration. He kept on even when life was tough; told me I could do anything even though I was a girl (that was not a popular thought at that time); while I was a single parent he called me often, always made sure I ate enough and there was oil in my car.

If you could go back and talk to your 12-year-old self, what would you say?

Quit worrying about what others say and think about you. All that matters are what you know about yourself. You are good enough just the way you are.