Janice Jaramillo

Janice Jaramillo is a longtime Socorro native who would like to see more activities for the youth.

What do you do for a living?

I am an elementary teacher with Socorro Consolidated Schools.

What do you like most about your job?

Working with the students.

How long have you lived in Socorro?

All my life, so that would be 49 years. I am a local, born and raised here. I have four kids — they were all born and raised here. All four of them graduated from here.

My parents were born and raised here and graduated from high school here. We have a lot of generations here. Socorro through and through.

What are some of your favorite things about Socorro?

The fact that we are small has a lot of positives. We have a lot of people that look out for each other. A lot of extended families and friends.

A small community means more eyes on our kids, which can be good and bad, but I think the good out­weighs the bad.

What do you do for fun in Socorro?

I love to go swimming. I also enjoy taking my grandkids to Tech, and we go looking for golf balls. We enjoy going on hikes, whether it’s Box Canyon or Water Canyon. They are both great places to go.

What is something that you would like to see change in Socorro?

More things for kids to do. Activities for all ages; that’s why we might see more teenagers getting in trouble, because there is not a lot to do.

What are some of your hobbies?

I don’t really have any hobbies. I am going to learn to have hobbies. I spend most of my time working, but now that I am an empty nester, I’m trying to figure out what that is.

So, I am spending a lot more time with my grandkids. I’ve gotten to go on vacation, which I haven’t done much of. I guess I am learning how to relax. Which is not easy.

One thing that I want to get back into is sewing. So that will be my hobby once I get the chance.

Favorite movie?

I’ve got to go with “Mary Poppins.” I have been showing my grandkids as of late and it’s a movie I really enjoy. I can see myself in her in a sense. That is my go-to.

What kind of music do you like?

It all depends on the mood or what I am doing. If I’m going on walks, I’ll probably listen to Pitbull. If I’m try­ing to relax, I’ll listen to country. On Sunday mornings we listen to Spanish music because that’s what my husband likes to listen to when he cooks. I don’t have a specific genre.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would like to have a sit down with my grandparents, just to hear history and for them to tell me about our fam­ily tree.

I think that as the years go on, those types of things get lost. Also have them tell me about family traditions.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Jaramillo’s last name as Armijo.

Juan Baeza, El Defensor Chieftain Intern