Employee of the Month-February 2021: Teresa Babb
For the month of February, we selected the hardworking and gracious Teresa Babb as our Employee of the Month! Teresa is one of our talented team members in Challis, Idaho, and we are always so impressed with her dedication to her work and always being open and eager to learn something new. Even though she doesn’t work in our Fort Collins office, she is always a tremendous support to the team here and in Challis. This is a much-deserved honor! Congratulations Teresa!
Some fun facts about Teresa include:
Before working at SharpNet, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’d ever had?
T: Well I have my degree in Metallurgical Engineering, but I would say one of the more interesting jobs I had was in HR. I liked helping people grow in their positions and help them with their benefits. 99% of the people I worked with were great, and the job was rewarding, and then there was the 1% of people that wanted to be pills and made it stressful.
How did you first learn about SharpNet?
T: I learned about it from Kandra, who is the daughter of my church’s pastor. I was at a point where I wanted to change careers, as I was currently working as an admin assistant.
How do you balance your career at SharpNet and your free time?
T: Free time, what’s that? I say that because I also do the books for my husband’s business—he is a local contractor. I also do the books for my church as well. To relax, I do love spending Saturdays watching old black and white movies and enjoying a bowl of popcorn.
How has SharpNet helped you in your career development?
T: It made me realize it is possible to teach old dogs new tricks. I wouldn’t have thought at this point in my life, after having 3-4 careers, that I could pick up something totally new. It is awesome to expand my skillset and even help my son with his own website. It’s great that I can still learn new things.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
T: Forged in Fire. My husband and I love watching it. A local Challis man competed on the show once too! I also love Tracy & Hepburn movies.
Tell me something about yourself that others may be surprised to know about you.
T: I was the state champion in backstroke in Montana a few years ago when I was like 12, haha. I have always loved being involved with sports.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
T: I already have a superpower because I am a nana. If I could put on my cape and fly down to see my grandbabies, who live 6 hours away, I would do it in the drop of a hat.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
T: My mother told me I was born old—I don’t take risks and I’m not an adrenaline junkie. I am boring and content to be so. I don’t see anything I want to do that I haven’t done already. “I boring” as my granddaughter would say.
Best vacation you’ve been on?
T: Washington DC. I was able to take 2 of my 3 sons and husband. My husband is a small-town man so getting him on plane itself was a feat. I loved being able to share and learn our nation’s history with my kids. It was definitely the most special trip I have taken.
What is something you would like to accomplish in the New Year?
T: I really want to see my mom. I haven’t seen her in 3 years. We haven’t been able to visit and take the grandbabies to see her cause of COVID, so we look forward to planning a family trip this year and getting everyone back together.