The 2018 Big Sister of the year is Jodi Specht. As an elementary school teacher for many years, Jodi has a daily impact on young lives. She is so dedicated to making a difference that she has also been a Big Sister for the past twelve years. Jodi was matched with Stephanie in 2006 and remained a match until Stephanie graduated from high school in 2017. Jodi told me she thought about being a big for at least six years before taking the leap and feels that her match with Stephanie is perfect.
While she and Stephanie have gone places like concerts and a Globetrotters game, her favorite memories are finding things on Pinterest and trying them out. Some of the baking and crafting experiences haven’t turned out quite right, but those are some of the best memories. Jodi enjoyed watching Stephanie grow up. Jodi has no children, so getting to be the “fun Mom” was one of the best parts for her.
When talking to Stephanie about her experience, she said can’t find the words to express how much of an impact Jodi has had on her life. Stephanie says “What I really like about Jodi is that she has really motivated and pushed me through college and she has really shown me that being independent and successful is possible. Jodi has also taken the time to introduce me to her friends and family as I do the same and I think that is very important. Once I am out of college, I do want to be a Big Sister in the program and I hope to be as great of a role model as Jodi was to me. “