Jean Underwood is part of our rock star team in our Central Illinois office. She has a long history with BLDD – everything from graduate school intern to Davenport Office Manager, including 5 years as a stay-at-home mom.
Jean has a passion for improving PreK-12 educational experiences for every student, no matter their abilities, talents, or passions by creating innovative, flexible learning spaces that are future-ready.
Jean is an avid reader, podcast listener and traveler. Lifelong learning is in her blood! Weather permitting, she can be found gardening in the backyard, camping across America, or competing in triathlons with her husband and teenage son.
We asked Jean some fun questions, and check out what she said below:
What purchase(s) of less than $100 have most improved your life?
Smartwool Socks! They make every style and thickness you can think of, are super comfortable, and last forever. I also love my Yeti coffee thermos. I use it every day and it lives up to the hype and cost.
What new belief, behaviors, or habits, adopted within the last 5 years, have most positively impacted your life?
I recently read the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I’ve been implementing her method by purging everything and it has lifted a lot of stress from my daily life. The idea is to eliminate nonessential physical things and stuff from your life, have a place for everything, and keep everything in its place. No more visual clutter has led to less mental clutter and anxiety.
What would you put on a billboard?
Be nice to everyone. Even that person.
What is your favorite song, album, or musician?
Caro Emerald – I love her modern, swingy take on jazz. Her album “Deleted Scenes from The Cutting Room Floor” is great. Paloma Faith and Gin Wigmore are others on the top of my list.
What is your favorite place or built environment?
My backyard oasis of deck, patio, garden, and fire pit. A well designed outdoor space that brings the comfort of indoors outside is my favorite type of space.
If you could do anything without worrying about getting paid you would be a…
Professional napper, if that’s a thing. If it’s not, I would own a quilt shop /coffee shop / bakery. Three of my favorite things.
What is the most dangerous (physically, mentally or financially) thing you’ve done…
Most dangerous in the sense that I actually got hurt is snow sledding when I injured and subsequently lost my left kidney.
Jean’s big personality is put to use bringing joy and fun into the workplace and her projects. We are lucky to have Jean as part of the BLDD Family.
Are you interested in joining the BLDD team? We currently have openings available and are searching for rock star talent. If you think that sounds like you, feel free to look at our current positions and send in your resume.