Member Spotlight: Missy Hillhouse

FullSizeRender-3-1Roots:
I am originally from Dixon, a small town in northern Illinois, about 90 miles west of Chicago. I came to Austin over 30 years ago to attend UT, and like so many others, I never left! I love my city!

Family Life:
I have been married to my husband, Jeff, for 22 years! We have two boys, Drew (21) and Chase (19). Drew will be a senior at UT Austin. Chase will be a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. We are enjoying being empty-nesters!!

Work Life:
I am a third grade teacher at Caraway Elementary. I have been teaching for 20 years. I took a few years off when my boys were young, and I will always be grateful for that time. Before going back to the classroom full-time, I taught part-time and substitute taught. Easing my way back was the way to do it!

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
iGnite has taught me that building a community with those you workout with has such a positive effect on how I view exercising and taking good care of myself. The relationships I’ve formed with those I workout with (and work with!) are invaluable. I treasure the time I get to spend with my group, and it motivates me to want to keep coming to class every week. Molly has been instrumental in this, as she comes to our school twice weekly to lead us in amazing workouts.

I am most inspired by…
My late father inspired me with his selflessness as he raised a son with special needs. He did this on his own, everyday, for nearly 30 years. His huge heart and loving ways are an inspiration to me everyday.

In my free time…
I enjoy hanging with my family and friends, reading, boating, shopping and traveling when I’m able! We also love to take our dog, Cola, to all the dog-friendly places Austin offers!

My guilty pleasure…
Shoe shopping. I love shoes, especially boots!!


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