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Tell Us About Your Selfie - Dani!

My Name: Dani M.

Joined the Pod in: September 2009

You can usually find me: in San Francisco, in the pool or being a DoD (Director on Duty)

Favorite/Most rewarding LPB Memory: About six years ago, I unexpectedly had brain surgery. Everyone here at work was my biggest support system. From the moment I was in the hospital till I got home for my recovery, there wasn't a moment where a co-worker wasn't by my side. 

Either sitting with me, helping me with my laundry, encouraging my students to write letters to me, and even bringing me food. They redefined the definiti

on of family.

When I'm not at the pool, I'm usually: Eating my way through San Francisco and planning my next trip.

Most rewarding LPB experience: Every time a student student gets a ribbon and gets excited about it.

Who was your mentor at LPB? Anthony P.

What is something you want staff/customers to know about you? I love to cook and I love to cook for people. I am trying to visit every National Park in the United States. I've been to about half of them and can't wait to visit more.

What is your favorite level to teach and why? Baby classes. There is just something so amazing showing these new parents the wonders of infant swimming and watching the babies grow and hit milestones.

What is your favorite food? My Mom's meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy

What is your favorite childhood memory? When I was about 4 years old, my brother and I asked for these toys called 'my pet monster' from Santa. They were these huge stuffed monsters, with gnarly teeth and they even came with plastic hand cuffs that you can pull on and they would break free. I guess Santa decided to make his delivery early to my house that year and dropped off some gifts. I was playing around the house and went into the hallway closet where these two pet monsters were just sitting in the closet. Gnarly teeth and all. I thought they were real monsters and screamed and ran way to find my mom. When I told her about the monsters in the closet she went to do an investigation. She told me that she saw no monsters. She even had me go back and check the closet myself, and when I did, the monsters were gone. A few days later, Santa had came and delivered our gifts and sitting under our tree were two pet monsters. To this day my mom still claims that she never saw any monsters in the closet.