Meet the Staff Mondays – Trisha Mick

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Community Education Specialist Trisha Mick.

IdahoPTV’s Carol Beres recently sat down with Trisha, who is a member of our education team. “I do a lot of STEM and literacy education with students and youth across Idaho,” she says. “I focus on kids when they’re in school, at libraries, or during out-of-school time.” Trisha is passionate about what she does. “I get to interact with so many people across the entire state,” she says. “I can put together any kind of lesson plan that a library (or school) wants to focus on. I can do a STEM activity about water resources, or I can do an activity about bats, or I can do a coding activity. So it’s really kind of limitless and I get to choose what I want to focus on, or, what the school (or library) wants to focus on and create a lesson plan for that.”

Trisha is an Idaho native. “I grew up here in Boise,” she says. “I’ve lived in Boise and Meridian my whole life.” But summers she’d spend in Oklahoma with her dad. She appreciates the outdoors that the Gem State offers. “Any time I’m in trees, or in water, I am the happiest person,” she says. Her favorite getaway spot is Donnelly. “My grandparents have a little bit of land and a cabin up there,” she says. “My whole extended family used to go camping all the time. And now, it’s just a nice place to go where we can bring our dogs and have a little bit of privacy.”

Trisha’s hobbies all have the same theme in mind. “Hiking, camping, rafting the rivers in the summer,” she says. “Any time it’s 90 degrees or hotter I am very happy. I am also learning how to build things and doing DIY woodworking stuff. I’ve been slowly teaching myself how to use circular saws and drills and build stuff to make my house feel like a place that I actually want to be.”

She’s working on a few projects in her home, including painting, building a raised garden bed and a plant shelf. In fact, Trisha wants to buy an old school bus and turn it into what’s called a skoolie — a retrofitted tiny home! “We can stay in the bus when we’re traveling,” she says. “My goal is to build it out ourselves, which is part of the reason I want to learn to build things.” She’s already named her future skoolie “Fernweh” which translates from German to “wanderlust.”

Don’t judge Trisha, but she has a very specific set of snacks. “So, because this position requires me to drive a lot (6,675 miles since she started!), I have a superstition about the snacks I have to have while driving, or flying, or any kind of travel,” she says. “It has to be pull-apart Twizzlers and a can of Pringles. I don’t know why, but those are the two things I need to have with me when I travel.” Maybe it has to do with a childhood spent traveling every summer. “When I was a kid and we’d go back and forth to Oklahoma with my dad, in order to stay up all night we would pour Pop Rocks into orange soda and drink them,” she says. “I don’t recommend it. It is not good as an adult, but as a kid, that was what we would do for the two days of driving.”

When it comes to her favorite PBS Kids character, Trisha has a good reason for picking Peg + Cat. “I grew up as a math kid, and as I went through school, I got good grades in math, but I never really loved doing math,” she says. “And now that I have such a focus on STEM, math is everywhere, and I love shows like Peg + Cat that get kids excited about math, because that’s really important for success in life. You have to have an understanding of math in order to be able to do so many things.”

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