Meet the Staff: Joyce Lanos, Our Receptionist

What words best describe you?  Happy; quiet; an observer of people.

How long have you been at New City School and what did you do before coming here? This is my 21st year. Before that I worked at St. Luke's Hospital for ten years in medical records.

Tell us a bit about yourself. I have three daughters, four grand daughters, and one great-grandson. I also have the love of my life, my 93-year-old father, who actually could be found dancing -- cane and all -- at our family party this past week.

What do you like to do when you're not at New City? I love to read, especially mystery novels, biographies, or anything inspirational and motivational. I also like to sew - my mother was a seamstress, and she taught me when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I had the cutest maternity clothes.

What did six-year-old Joyce want to be when she grew up?  I was such a tomboy as a child. I loved to play with the boys and climb trees or even climb up on the roofs of houses. But come Sunday, I became a little princess who liked to get dressed up. I actually thought I would be a model someday.

What is your ideal vacation? I would love to go to the Holy Land - walk where Jesus walked, and just see everything I could. My dream is to be baptized in the Jordan River. That would be so special!

What is something that most people don't know about you? I used to sing, from about the age of thirteen until well into my 30s, but then my allergies started getting in the way. I was part of my church choir, and we sang all over St. Louis. I sang a few solos, and even participated in some talent shows. I was pretty nervous in front of those big crowds.

What else do you want people to know? I love my job! The children here are my greatest joy.  It is amazing getting the chance to watch them all grow. This environment is so family oriented. The children actually enjoy being here. New City is truly unique! You have a whole community of people who support each other. It is simply wonderful!