By CHRISTIANA NIELSON
She’s the PTA vice president of Mill Creek Elementary School. She’s a substitute teacher for Columbia Public Schools. She’s a self-named beginning runner. And she’s the mother of three boys with very hectic schedules.
She’s your neighbor, Michelle Nunamaker.
A resident of the Bedford Walk subdivision, she lives with her husband, D.J., and her three sons, 10-year-old Dalton, a fourth-grader at Mill Creek, 8-year-old Mason, a second-grader at Mill Creek, and 4-year-old Caden, who will attend Mill Creek next school year.
Keeping up with their schedules is a feat by itself. All three boys play baseball, and Nunamaker said she attended seven games last week alone.
She has lived in Columbia for 11 years and is originally from Willow Springs in southern Missouri. Her husband, originally from Kansas City, took a job in Columbia after they had lived in St. Louis for a few years.
Coming from a small town while her husband came from a big city, Columbia seemed like a good place to settle.
“Columbia was a good compromise,” Nunamaker said.
Living in Bedford Walk, she said she loves the proximity to everything, from the new Hy-Vee to the schools. “The location can’t be beat,” she said.
“The neighborhood is getting to be mature as far as trees,” Nunamaker said. “It’s a really pretty neighborhood.”
She has been staying busy as vice president of the Mill Creek Elementary PTA this past year.
“We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the school in November, and I co-chaired a gala that raised $35,000 for new technology for the school,” Nunamaker said. “It was held at Peachtree, and there were silent and live auction items donated.”
Partly a result of her work on this event, she received a Columbia Council of PTAs Volunteer of the Year award for 2009-10.
She also helped organize a mayoral proclamation from former Mayor Darwin Hindman commemorating the school’s 20th anniversary.
In addition to being PTA vice president, Nunamaker substitute teaches for Columbia Public Schools, such as Rock Bridge Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School, Mill Creek Elementary School and Paxton Keeley Elementary School.
She has a teaching degree and has interviewed for a full-time teaching position with Columbia Public Schools for the next school year.
Aside from her involvement with schools in Columbia, Nunamaker loves working in her yard, reading and running, a recently acquired pastime.
“I’m a beginning runner,” she said. “I have some friends that run, and it’s something I can do around my kids’ schedules.”
She is part of a running group that gets going at 6 a.m. twice a week and hits the Columbia trails.
“There’s a 50/50 chance I might run a half marathon this year,” she said.
For a woman so busy, she hasn’t stopped looking ahead.