Jessica Butler was born in San Bernardino. She lived in Tennessee briefly when she was younger, then moved with her family to Hesperia when she was in third grade. She attended Carmel Elementary, Kingston, Ranchero Middle and then graduated class of 2005 from Sultana High School, where she now currently works.


"I would have to say I had a pretty good childhood," Butler said. "I have a very loving and supportive immediate family. I loved school. High school was a blast."


Butler participated in choir, musical theater, Avid, ASB and link crew. Now that she works at the school she graduated from, she says it's nice to be around programs she enjoyed as a teen and to see students doing new things every day.


"I don't regret anything I've done," she said. "I love the people I've met while I've lived here in Hesperia and thank God every day that my family is here with me in Hesperia."



Q: What do people not know about your job?


A: I guess they wouldn't know the amount of responsibility I have every day. We handle so many things in the student store that people aren't aware of.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: The best thing about my job is interacting with the students. I love to hear what they're doing every day, and knowing that they can come talk to me whenever need be.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: One thing I would like to accomplish would be to have a song on the radio. That's been my dream since I was little.



Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?


A: My greatest accomplishment to date would have to be the work I have done with Relay for Life. I had no idea how many people I would meet and how much money and awareness I could raise just in my first year.



Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?


A: I would like to either have an actual full-time job within a hospital doing CT scans, or preferably playing music in front of tons and tons of people.



Q: What makes you tick?


A: What makes me tick is my family and friends. I want to see them happy and anything I can do to make that possible I will do.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My mom and dad. They've pushed me every step of the way and they're still pushing. They know what I'm capable of and won't stop until they see me achieve it.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: "It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then." Alice in Wonderland. I believe that with all my heart. We meet new people and experience new things every day. With every day we are given the chance to better ourselves and the world. Why would we want to go back?



Q: Tell us about your belief system.


A: I am Christian. I believe in being honest and open with people, asking for forgiveness when needed and loving your family and friends with everything you have.



Q: What motivates you?


A: I like to see change. I like to see things getting better. When something isn't getting better or progressing that motivates me to change it.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: I wouldn't say there is a secret. Just to forgive and forget and love your family and friends with all your heart.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: I am particularly proud of the work I have done with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. I know that not only raising money, but bring awareness to those around me would have made my friends I've lost and my great aunt proud. It is such a rewarding feeling to do something in her honor.



Q: What are five things you can't live without?


A: Five things I cannot live without are: my dogs (all three of them, that counts as one thing right?), my phone, music, a sweater (I'm always cold) and laughter.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Keep your head up, work hard and never hesitate on taking the chance to do something you love.



Q: What is your passion?


A: I would have to say that my passion is music. There is a quote from a Frank Turner song: "I still believe that everyone can find a song for every time they've lost and every time they've won." Music just makes everything better. Especially when you can make it. Sitting and singing while my boyfriend plays his guitar couldn't make me happier.



Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: Relax? Ha! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and playing music.



Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?


A: Audrey Hepburn, because I would love to just experience the way she was in person. To be next to her beauty and grace and pick her brain would be amazing. Aaron Rodgers, because I would like to hear what he feels before every game and after and just talk about some football. My great grandma on my mom's side; she passed when I was born. It would just be nice to put a face with a name and meet her.



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: My favorite movie is "Dirty Dancing." My mother turned me on to this movie when I was younger. Patrick Swayze. Enough said, right?



Q: Tell us about a special vacation.


A: Every year we go camping at San Clemente. It's beautiful and really gives my family a chance to relax and reconnect with one another.



Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?


A: Wish one: No more cancer for anyone. Wish two: To be able to play music professionally and be happy doing it. Wish three: For my family to be financially stable and happy.



Q: Tell us about your first car.


A: My first car was a Chevy Cavalier, with a huge dent in the right fender and no hubcaps. I can't say I miss it.



Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?


A: The Green Bay Packers! Go Pack Go! I've loved them since I was little, so, no, I'm not a bandwagon fan. I actually even wore a Brett Favre jersey in my senior pictures. I love their passion and drive. Oh, and Jordy Nelson.



Q: What is your earliest memory of the city?


A: I was in the Hesperia Days Parade with my cousins when I was little. That is probably the earliest thing I can remember.



Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.


A: A special memory would have to be last year's Relay for Life. I've never been so exhausted in my life, but seeing the smiles on people's faces and singing loudly the entire day with my team was so worth it.



Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: Relay for Life is the closest for me. Losing friends to cancer and the witnessing my great aunt battle colon cancer was one of the worst things I have ever seen. To see someone so beautiful, innocent and sweet fight such a nasty disease is horrible. Relay for Life helps family, friends and those battling face it, and hopefully get better. It raises so much awareness among communities and I believe the more aware we are, the better off in the future we will be.



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?


A: I would have to say my favorite place to eat would be Pasco's. I'm obsessed with pizza.



Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?


A: Sidewalks. I would love to see some sidewalks.



Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: I don't think most people are aware of my compassionate side. There are a lot of people out there who don't and haven't taken the time to get to the person behind who they just see. Everyone sees my slightly tough exterior and I think that gets taken the wrong way too often.



Q: How can readers reach you?


A: Brighteyes_55@hotmail.com.


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