Getting to know… Carey Gaede, PTA Co-President

Hello! I am Carey Gaede and I have a daughter Madalyn who is in 1st grade in Mrs. Stinson’s class. This is my first year on the PTA board, and I am currently serving as Co-President. I have enjoyed volunteering at the school since Madalyn started kindergarten and I am excited and love being active in the PTA and on the board. I am also thrilled about the new school and that it is only a block from our house!

I work full time as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) in the NICU at Carle Foundation Hospital. I am also a flight NNP for the NICU transport team and the Vermont Oxford Network Coordinator for our hospital. Even though I work full time, most of my shifts are 24 hours, so am able to be active in all of Madalyn’s activities. I am also Madalyn’s Co-leader for Girl Scouts this year. This is a first time experience for me and I must say I am enjoying it greatly.

When I am not working and not busy with Madalyn’s activities, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and spending time outdoors. During the summer you will find me by the pool or on the softball field and in the fall taking long walks and enjoying college football. We have had season tickets to Illinois football for 19 years and rarely miss a game.

I grew up in Forsyth, Illinois and attended Forsyth Grade School and graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School. Some of my best childhood memories were hanging out with my friends in the neighborhood. We would play flashlight tag during the summer and take turns having sleepovers every weekend. I also had fond memories of swimming in the summer with my friends and playing fast pitch softball. When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor or astronaut. After high school, I attended the University of Illinois and have been in the area ever since. In 2006, I received my master’s from UMKC and recently have been debating on going back for my PhD again, but I always talk myself out of it.

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