Pamela Nowak, Yuba City, YCHS art teacher.

Family? Husband, Tom, and three cats.

What’s your walk-up intro music? “Lucky Star,” Madonna.

Hobbies, interests: Travel, painting, playing Bridge, going to museums.

What brought you to the Yuba-Sutter area? Relocated from Humboldt County to teach art.

Where would you like to retire to/live for a year? Italy.

Dream vacation: Italy.

What is the closest you’ve been to a famous person? Worked as an extra and stand-in for the movie “Outbreak,” stood next to Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Rene Russo.

What would you do with a million dollars? Donate to cancer research and support the arts.

Favorite memory to share: My mom always said I would become involved in art because she changed my diaper on a bench (when I was 2) under the Mona Lisa.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? A firefighter or gymnast.

Favorite places in the area: I enjoy historic Marysville, hiking the Buttes, walking around Ellis Lake.

Dream job: I have my dream job, helping students realize their art potential. 

Pet peeve: Negative people.

What do you like about yourself? I like that I’m energetic and have a positive attitude, I’ll give it a try.

What/where is your heaven on earth? Any place my family is.

Favorite book: I love a good mystery.

What movie stops you while flipping through the TV channels? “Casablanca.”

Favorite musical group: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Who should play you in a movie? Diane Keaton.

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