Tanyeka Watson

Published 8:22 pm Thursday, November 6, 2008

Name: Tanyeka Watson

Age: 34

Occupation and title: First-grade teacher

Child’s name and age: Dontrell Rawls, 15

What’s the best part of your day? Coming home after work, relaxing and spending quality time with my son

If you could select another profession, what would you do? Actress

Why do you choose to live in Franklin? I was born and raised in the area.

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? In Paris. I’ve always wanted to visit there and experience the culture of the French.

Favorite food: Seafood

Favorite weekend destination: Shopping at MacArthur Center or Lynnhaven Mall

Favorite college sports team: Virginia State University Trojans

Favorite pro sports team: San Antonio Spurs

Favorite color: Red

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? It’s better to give than to receive. My grandmother taught me this. She’d give up the shirt on her back.

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 107: “Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever.”

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? The decision to attend college and then graduate school

Which local charitable or non-profit organization do you wish more people would support? United Way

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I like watching professional wrestling.

What are your hobbies? Relaxing, shopping, reading and going to the movies

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? The birth of my son; it happened so fast, I can hardly remember what it was like.

What gives you the blues? Rainy days

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? I square-danced.

Tell us one true thing: You will reap what you sow.

What frightens you most? Illiteracy

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? Hollywood. Movie stars, performers, singing sensations and more

Who’s your favorite ex-president? Abraham Lincoln

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? Lower the penalty for speeding tickets

What last brought tears to your eyes? Hearing a United Way representative talk about an abused mother

If you could invite three guests — living or dead, from anytime in history — to dinner, who would they be? My grandmother, Barack Obama and Bernie Mac

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Photographs of family, Bible and mirror

What kind of music do you like? R&B, gospel, hip hop

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? Bill Cosby

What’s the last book you read? “The Joy of Believing Prayer” by Joyce Meyer

To whom are you grateful and why? My mother. She has been there for me through thick and thin unconditionally. I don’t know what I’d do without her.