In 2nd grade, I fell in love. Not with a boy (no, I would have to wait another 16 years before that happened) but with my teacher, and I knew at that very moment, that all I ever wanted to be was a teacher. At that time, the motivating reason was the fact that I would be in charge of writing students’ names on the board when they misbehaved (does anyone remember that?). Fourteen more years would have to pass before I began to really understand what a teacher was. Yes, I got to make the fun, pretty bulletin boards, and “write kids names on the board” and make learning fun, but it was so much more complex. I had to learn to see the problem, find a solution, and customize the situation for each child. The art of asking questions, creating helpful transitions, and partnering with parents were my stepping stones to what I deemed success. Then, I met that boy who I fell in love with, picked up my teacher self, and moved to Eastern North Carolina to marry him. With my teaching license slow to transition into a new state, I went back to my roots, to my first love and first job: Chick-fil-A. A new store was being built in town, and I hopped on the team. This was just going to be a short stay while my license transferred, right? Wrong. Over the past 10+ years, I have learned that teaching is one of the most transferable skills a person can possess. I became passionate about people: selecting the right team members, retaining teams, and assisting leadership with effective processes that produced results. That passion paved the road for Remarkable People Solutions® which provides custom people solutions that have a relieving, enduring, and remarkable effect for business owners. For the rest of my life, I hope I will be educating, engaging, and empowering others.
I have the true pleasure of living in Eastern North Carolina with my husband, three children, and one dog. Oh! And I am still in love with that boy today.
Carlie has been developing people and leading teams for 15+ years, and her experience with Chick-fil-A began when she was 15.