Cheerleaders

Mandi

Mandi

  • Occupation: Elementary Teacher
  • Tenure: Rookie
  • College: West Chester University

Biography

Favorite Charity: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is my favorite charity. My grandfather passed away from Lymphoma when I was nine-years-old and I miss him every day.

Pets: I have a pit-bull mix named Angebella, and a bearded dragon, Athena. I also have two outdoor cats. Their names are CleoCATra and her daughter, Velvet.

Your Favorite Off-The-Field Experience: One of my favorite appearances I've done so far has been the EYP 17th Annual Playground Build. The whole Eagles organization came out to renovate the playground at the WD Kelley School in Philadelphia. I painted a mural that one of the third grade students drew; the excitement was contagious as I watched the children's faces light up. This was all about making the kids feel special and I loved the importance EYP placed on being a student in Philadelphia!

Biggest Fear: Being buried alive... It gives me the chills just thinking about it!

Craziest Thing You’ve Ever Done: In the summer of 2011, two friends from college and I packed our bags, said goodbye to friends and family, and moved to Spain for three months. We lived in Barcelona, but traveled throughout Europe. It was my first time out of the United States and I can’t wait to go back!

Favorite Hobby: I have a lot of hobbies. I get hooked on one thing at a time. In the past it's been demolishing and flipping houses, interior design, scrapbooking my brother's football career, or cosmetology. However, most recently I've been really interested in photography. I recently bought a beginner's SLR and cannot stop taking pictures of my new niece!

Favorite Quote: "You, alone, are enough." Oprah Winfrey said this during her final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and it always stuck with me. Her speech validated every human's existence and brought a common ground of dignity and peace between all races and backgrounds.

Favorite Movie: "Sleepless in Seattle"

Favorite TV Show: "E! True Hollywood Story"

Famous Person You Would Most Like To Spend The Day With: John Mayer

Favorite Cartoon Character And Why: Spongebob. He makes me laugh!

Best Advice You've Ever Received: "Follow your heart." My parents have said this to me for as long as I can remember.

Where Did You Get Your Inspiration To Become A Dancer/Cheerleader? My older sister took dance classes when we were younger and one of the first memories I have is when I kept taking her recital dress so I could put it on and dance around the house. My parents enrolled me in dance classes of my own, starting the next year. Throughout my childhood, I grew up listening to the many stories of my mom and aunt cheering together through high school. I would learn their cheers and dances and practice them with my cousins on the beach. After years of dance classes and beach routines, I ended up going to the same high school as my mom and aunt. While cheering for the school, my friend and I also started the school’s dance team.

Possession You Can't Live Without: In high school, I went on a trip with some of my classmates. We each received a book of 'good news' when we returned. I still write in it and read the inspiring words from time to time.

Something On Your Bucket List: I’ve always wanted to publish my own book.

Song That Gets You Pumped Up: Anything by Beyonce