Michelle Pink is a newer resident of Greendale who is already making a positive impact within our community. She has a wonderful energy that is truly a benefit to the people around her. Whether it’s working with students as a paraprofessional, teaching motivating group fitness classes or organizing a block party, she shares her gifts and talents with others. Thank you, Michelle!
I am a single mom with 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. If you come to my house, you are guaranteed to leave with hair on you.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I have 2 kids, they are 10 and 12. My dogs are huge! Their names are Norman (golden retriever) and Lulu (Bernese Mountain Dog mix) together they weight 200lbs.
Q: Please tell us about your current career. What do you love most about what you do?
COVID turned my professional life upside down, I lost my business and started job searching. Thankfully, I was hired this fall by Greendale Schools! And I LOVE IT!!! I get to work with kids all day! My favorite is hearing how excited kids get about things! To have that much joy is contagious, it just makes me smile! The staff and students are so amazing and friendly! This is one thing I am grateful COVID brought into my life, I would have never found this job without it.
Q: Please tell us about any volunteering that you have done or currently do.
I am a group fitness instructor and for the last 7 years I have been holding a Thanksgiving Day Charity Class! This year we held a Zumba at Class A Fitness for Type 1 Diabetes! My son was diagnosed in May 2016, so this Charity was for JDRF. Amy (the owner of Class A Fitness) was amazing and let us use her gym. Class A Fitness has a great set up to keep us safe/ social distancing plus a virtual option. Amy also helped the cause by continuing to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes with her gym goers! In May 2021, I hope to hold a free Twilight “Glow Blue” bike ride for Type 1 Diabetes Awareness! (Stay tuned!)
Q: Please tell us about any interesting or unique hobbies that you have?
I teach Group Fitness classes, my favorite is Dance Fitness classes. I was a Zumba instructor for 10 years. But my other favorite thing to do is watch my kids race BMX and skateboard. They are pure joy to watch!
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in Greendale? What do you love there?
I love Ricardo’s! The Gluten Free Greendale Original! That is my go to during summer, since I can walk to go pick up my pizza! I also love going to Vintage 38 and ordering a glass (or 2) of Gilly (not sure I spelled that right!)
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Greendale?
Me and my kids just moved here June 2019
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Greendale?
Hmmmm… I have to say, my neighbors, like my WHOLE STREET! My entire street has the most interesting and most kind people you will ever meet! My street is very diverse and just FUN! Everyone who lives on this street bring smiles wherever they go. I am really lucky to have an entire street full of the best neighbors! It’s a true sense of community here.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Hawaii!!! I have never been to Hawaii, but it’s on my bucket list! (I want to try surfing and hula!!)
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
One of my favorite movies is Pride and Prejudice. Me and my kids enjoy Stranger Things.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
A smile can do amazing things. Also, as my mask says, “Dude, Be Nice”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Greendale?
I love being able to walk everywhere! And my favorite thing to do on walks is to look at all the Originals and how they are decorated! People in Greendale Originals have a great sense of style and unique decorations!
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
San Juan Islands, WA. We went Whale watching. And it was breathtaking.
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
New Year’s Eve is my favorite!
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A lot of people inspire me to be better. My kids, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at the school, and my colleagues. I learn so much from the people I meet, I try to take mental notes to take with me on my journey through life. Everyone has a pretty amazing story or something we can learn from them.
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Warm, Hugs, and Laughter.