Q&A: Introducing the new registrar


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We extend a Cardinal welcome to our new registrar Willie Mae Franklyn.

Dinna Pineda
We extend a Cardinal welcome to our new registrar Willie Mae Franklyn.

The following interview introduces the new registrar Willie Mae Franklyn.

How has the work load been so far this year?

Incredible. There’s a lot of work to be done, but I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying learning the new things that come with the job. I’ve experienced working with a lot of it before in other positions, but this one brings out a whole new dimension to it. Everyone I’ve worked with is really nice and very helpful.

Why did you choose to work at Bellaire?

I’ve worked at Bellaire before. I was here for four years and left in 2010. I worked on finishing my LPC, and I saw that there was an opportunity to return. I was just fortunate to have the opportunity to come back.

Why did you decide become a registrar?

It brings together several areas. Registrars are usually former teachers, but when I was here at Bellaire, I was a lead counsellor and an assistant principal. I also have experience working with special education. It ties together all of those areas. Most of all I enjoy working with students and parents, so it’s a great opportunity.

Where did you go to college?

I’m from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, about 45 miles away. I started as a biology major then changed and graduated as a Spanish major.

What was your childhood dream job?

I wanted to be an actress. I thought it would be great to be able to transform yourself into any character, but I always dreamed about going up on stage and receiving my Oscar. I’d be in the kitchen washing dishes at night, and I would pretend to walk over and go to the mic and thank everyone who helped to make it possible.

Do you have a quote or mantra that you live your life by?

I guess the main one would be treat others the way you want to be treated. I know how I want to be treated, and I want to treat others the same way. I also think about my own children, how I would like them to be treated by others.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I’m the youngest of twelve children. I don’t know how much fun that is, but it’s different. I’m kidding; it’s great to have lots of older brothers and sisters.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’m just glad to be back. It’s certainly a challenge, but I’m enjoying it very much and everyone has been great.