Routt County Spotlight: Debbie Gooding


Debbie Gooding

Age: 51

Occupation: Director of Admission and Student Services at Lowell Whiteman Primary School

Place of birth: Syracuse, N.Y.

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

A. September 1975. I was on a trip across the country and came over Rabbit Ears Pass on a gorgeous fall day. I fell in love with the valley and made it my home.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. Installing a wooden floor in my house never having used power tools or having any carpentry experience.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Up at 5:30 a.m. Take my dog, Lola, for a walk, eat breakfast while reading the morning paper, shower, dress, off to the post office and on to school.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. Life is short. Appreciate and take care of your health, love passionately and share your smiles with those around you.

Q. When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?

A. 1) I have two sons, Gates and Marsh, of whom I am very proud, 2.) I love to be active outdoors during all of the different seasons and enjoy taking my golden retriever with me, and 3) I love to travel most anywhere, but especially in Europe.

Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. A mother.

Q. Next big goal:

A. Have an exciting travel adventure to an out of the way place, combined with helping someone in need.

Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'll do anything for love, but I won't do that." What is "that"?

A. Love is a gift to cherish. I think I would do most anything for someone I love.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Cloisonne and enameled boxes and too much stuff.


Book: "The Thorn Birds"

Color: Green

Food: Chocolate

Sport to watch: Any sport my kids are participating in.

Vacation spot: My family's summer home in the Adirondack Mountains

Recreational activity: Skiing, hiking, snowshoeing

Magazine: Smithsonian, National Geographic and Newsweek

TV show: Animal Planet, History Channel and the news

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