“Miss Andi” Torrez walked into the temporary classroom at the Widefield Bus Barn in the beginning week of school curious about what she overheard.
She asked Mr. Mattson, “What class is this? Is it too late for my son to get in?” Unfortunately for her son, he had a broken arm and was in a cast. Miss Andi said she likes working with wood and doing craft projects and refinishing furniture. Mrs. Mattson suggested she come over to the MiLL when classes start meeting there after the facility passed the fire inspection.
Miss Andi, a Widefield employee and bus monitor volunteers her time in between her bus routes every morning for two and a half hours. She is the MiLL’s first female volunteer and an accomplished woodworker with her own portfolio and business cards. More importantly, Miss Andi connects with students one on one and finds ways to encourage them and mentor them. She could easily be sitting at the bus barn in between her shifts but she says, “Why would I do that when I have the chance to better myself learning woodworking skills and help students at the same time?” Good question Miss Andi. She has already been certified on a number of machines including the TigerStop, table saw, and router to name a few. She’s building her resume and has aspirations to become a paraprofessional in the Woods program. Mr. Mattson is first to admit that some of the best woodworkers are women.