The Truthful Thirty: Lemons Reflects on Her Job and the Changing Seasons

October 24, 2019


By: Alizé Cloe-Puepke

This month in The Truthful Thirty, we interviewed Achievement Coach Candice Lemons. She’s a mother, and a teacher who loves her family, her city, and her “lemonheads.”

Candice Lemons, Achievement Coach, takes a positive look on life giving her Lemon heads words of wisdom. Photo by: Kylie Gutierrez-Jones



  • Best thing about New Mexico?


Four seasons- you get to experience all weather patterns without it getting too cold or hot!


  • What can’t you live without?


My husband and 2 boys! I love my family with all of my heart!


  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?


I actually like living in New Mexico. The weather is great, it isn’t overcrowded, the city is big enough to keep you busy, and I love the mountains!


  • What are you most passionate about?


Helping others to be the best they can be. The most memorable and valuable moments in life come out of adversity and hard work. Life isn’t always easy so learning to work through problems only makes us stronger and builds character! I like helping others try to reach their full potential, especially when it is tough. 


  • Who is the funniest person you know?


My husband. 


  • Do you drink coffee? How do you like it?


Yes. Lots of cream and sugar!

  1. What have you learned being an academic coach?

No one person is the same and not everyone responds in the same ways. This is a challenge but it is rewarding in so many ways because I get to build real relationships with good people both young and not so young. 


  • What made you want to be the academic achievement coach?


Our school had a need and I wanted to help! It was an opportunity for me to support and get to know scholars outside of my learning space as well as provide support to other project managers. Being achievement coach means I can reach more kids in a variety of ways. I get to be in many classrooms and help scholars think about their future beyond high school because getting a diploma is important and just the beginning of the rest of one’s life.  It’s very exciting!


  • What is your favorite sport?


Track and Field


  • What is your favorite Holiday?




  • What is your Favorite food?


I love Thai Food!


  • What is your least favorite food?


Indian food- although I do like some Indian dishes. 


  • What was your first job?


Babysitting for my teachers!


  • What was your first pet’s name?




  • What is your favorite thing to wear?


Jeans and T-Shirt


  • What is your favorite book.?


I am a huge fan of the Twilight series.


  • What is your favorite T.V. show?


Ghost Hunters


  • What is your favorite plot twist in a movie?


Spoiler Alert:

The Sixth Sense- I was completely shocked that the therapist was the ghost! Whaaatttt?!?! 


  • What is the first thing you do in the morning?


Brush my teeth!


  • What are 3 words that describe yourself?


Sarcastic, organized, hard working


  • What is your favorite hobby?




  • What is your spirit animal?





  • What is one of the biggest surprises in your life?


Winning $5,000 at the casino!


  • Who is your favorite superhero?




  • Do you have any nicknames?


My mom calls me Candygirl.


  • What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever given someone?


You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond. All Lemonheads have heard this in my class at one point or another


  • What is the best gift you’ve ever got someone?


A book of memories for our grandmother. I contacted all of my family members and asked them to share their favorite story that included our grandma and I asked my grandma for her favorite story of each family member. I documented it and compiled it in one book. Memories are the best gift in life!


  • What is the best gift you’ve ever received from someone?


Letters of appreciation and heartfelt messages from family, friends, and scholars are the best gifts I’ve received.


  • What is your worst habit?


Nail biting when I am stressed. Yuck!


  • What is your best habit?


Never giving up!




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