Angie Shockley named City Spotlight for June
It has been said, once recreation gets in your blood, it stays there for life. Just ask PARD’s new Summer Day Camp Director, Angie Shockley. “I chose a career in recreation over teaching and I have never regretted that decision,” said Shockley. “The children choose to be here, unlike school where they have to attend. Recreation is all about smiles and having fun. The reward is a thank you or a hug. It’s just the little things that you do that are important. Kids are just kids. It doesn’t matter where they are from or what their background is, they just want to be loved and have fun. I really like being a part of that.” Shockley has been working for the City of Jacksonville since early May, and has hit the ground running by planning and getting prepared for the summer season. She is excited about this new chapter in her life. She retired from the City of Anniston in October of 2017, after almost 30 years. She was the Program Director over the Community Centers and special events there. “I was just getting used to retirement life, when Janis Burns contacted me about this job.”
According to her supervisor Janis Burns, "We have been fortunate to bring Angie Shockley out of retirement for this summer. Angie is the Director for our Summer Day Camp Program. She is organized and efficient in the planning of camp but more importantly, she is bringing new and exciting ideas to the children (and staff). The City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department is proud to have her on board. She is already proving to be an awesome addition to our staff!"
Shockley grew up in Anniston and graduated from Saks High School in 1983. She then attended Jacksonville State University and graduated in 1989 with a degree in Recreation. She is the daughter of the late James and Joyce Shockley. She has one brother, Greg. When asked if Shockley has any children of her own she replied, “I have hundreds of them, once I have a child in my program they are mine for life.” Shockley attends Saks Baptist Church. “I love my church family,” says Shockley. “They are great people.” When not at work, Shockley enjoys hanging out with friends, family, and reading a good book. “Just spending time with the people I love is my favorite thing to do,” says Shockley. She and her new puppy, Lillie, a Golden Doodle, a present from her boyfriend Paul, reside in Jacksonville. “Lillie is pretty much my whole world right now. I love it here in Jacksonville,” says Shockley. “I bought a house here about three years ago and fell in love with the community and the people here.”
Shockley loves her job and her “kids”. “I can’t imagine me doing anything else. It’s great to feel like you make a difference in somebody’s life,” says Shockley. When asked about future plans Shockley says, “I see the beach, my first NFL football game, and babysitting in the near future.” One of Shockley’s “kids” plays in the NFL with the Texans, another one is about to have a baby.
The summer day camp started the day after Memorial Day and continues until the day before school starts back. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The only holiday is the 4th of July. Current enrollment is 134 kids. The camp offers events and activities to enhance and enrich the lives of children ages kindergarten through sixth grade. New to the program this year is a daily exercise program. The finale is a color walk/run at the end of camp. Good luck, Angie, on your first summer camp program in Jacksonville and thank you for giving our children a safe, fun environment to spend their summer break.
Photo & Story by Anita Kilgore