Betty Riddlesperger, 45, is a child nutrition assistant at North Jefferson Middle School. She and her husband David, an officer with the Fultondale Police Department, have lived in Morris for 14 years. They have been married almost 26 years.

• How long have you worked at North Jefferson Middle School?

I’ve been here since it opened four years ago. Before that, I was at Bryan Elementary for two years and I subbed for two and a half years before that.

• Why did you want to work in a school lunchroom?

Mostly because of my children. I have two boys. Hunter is at Mortimer Jordan High School and Morgan goes to school here. I love being around children.

• What do you enjoy the most about it?

I’m glad we can be an asset. Kids can’t learn on an empty stomach. I love being here for the kids. I’ve known these kids since they were in Kindergarten. I’ve seen them become mature young girls and boys. Also, I work with a good group of Christian ladies.

• What are your future aspirations?

I would eventually like to become a manager of a school. I would like to better myself.

• What changes have you seen in the school lunch program in the past eight years?

We serve more fruit and vegetables. We also now sell 100-percent fruit juice, Gatorade and bottled water. We’re phasing out French fries and other fried food. We only serve fries once or twice a week now.

• What’s for lunch today?

They have a choice. There’s meatloaf, black-eye peas, okra, cornbread, slaw and cherry cobbler. Or they can have pizza, fries and salad. Or they can eat off of the salad bar.

• What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I go to Enon Baptist Church. I do the crafts for Vacation Bible School every year. I’m also in the Booster Club. I love scrapbooking, reading and spending time with my family. I have a small scrapbooking business called Close to My Heart Scrapbooking. I do scrapbooking workshops and retreats.

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