Meet your neighbor: Marohn serves as Scottsdale Ambassador, substitute teacher

Name: Janice Marohn

Where I live: Scottsdale

Janice Marohn (Submitted photo)

When and why I moved here: I moved here 42 years ago from South Dakota to escape their winters.

What I like most about living here: I love the weather, the diversity of people who have moved here from other states, outdoor activities.

Activities I enjoy: Photography, travel, swimming, book clubs.

Clubs/organizations I’m involved in: Scottsdale Ambassador for six years, former HOA officer and current volunteer, former Big Sister in Big Brother/Big Sister program.

Where I volunteer in the city and why it deserves support from others: The Scottsdale Ambassadors program provides resources for visitors for getting around Old Town Scottsdale. Tourism is a major industry here, and volunteers are needed to be kept well-informed to provide information to new visitors to make their visit memorable and to return again.

My No. 1 suggestion to new residents looking for ways to get involved in their community: Get involved in volunteer programs in everything you enjoy — check out resources, i.e, library, senior centers, take OLLI classes, join clubs, search on-line for opportunities.

What one thing would you like to see changed in Scottsdale? Less construction in the summer time, less traffic in the winter months.

My family: Husband, Tom, no children

What I do: I have been a part-time substitute teacher in the Scottsdale Unified School District since 2002.

People who are an inspiration to me: Being a substitute teacher has allowed me to admire all teachers. I see how much they love their students, how they want them all to succeed, and the sacrifices they make.

My advice to today’s youth: Never stop learning. Be an informed citizen and independent thinker. Whatever you do in life, do it with passion and a smile on your face.

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