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Quincy Public School's Lisa Otten for 20 Under 40 photographed Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in the Herald-Whig studio. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
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Posted: Oct. 29, 2017 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I've always wanted to impact/influence the lives of others in a positive way.

What would you rather be doing right now? I'd rather be hiking/horseback riding under the Twin Owls in Estes Park.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have my CDL license.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? In the evenings when I tell our kids I am the luckiest mom in the world, our son always says "we're the luckiest kids in the world, mom."

It really stinks when ... (realizing) how fast our kids are growing up. I ask them everyday to please slow down.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Type A.

I always laugh ... at my sister Leslie! She's the funniest person I know. I had to keep her out of the hospital room after my c-section because I was too afraid she would make me laugh.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? No doubt about it. I would invite my mother-in-law. She passed away eight years ago before getting to spend a lot of time with her grandchildren. She would have loved getting to know these crazy kids.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... come home and play outside with our kids, two-legged and four-legged. (We have goats.)

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... crazy for becoming president of our class knowing the president would be organizing all of the reunions. They were right.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... California Chrome in 2014. My husband and I got our picture taken with him before the race.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go on a spontaneous trip. We have been known to get in the car and go. Sometimes we have a destination and luggage, and sometimes we don't.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... pull out our children's loose teeth. That's what grandmas are for.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... good friends and family. I have the best, and I'd be willing to share if there was ever a shortage.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... my email. I do not like having unanswered emails looking up at me from my phone.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Don't fake it until you make it. Fake it until you become it!"

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... our children talking and giggling in the backseat.

I always get sentimental when ... I talk about our youngest daughter's birth. She was born at 25 weeks and weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces. Now, she is a healthy and happy young lady.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how important it is to surround yourself with positive, happy people.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have gotten a degree in special education. I have always had a passion for helping students with special needs.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my husband's Tri-Township Fire Department sweatshirts. I change into one of his sweatshirts the second I get home.

If I've learned anything at all ... find the perfect person to spend your life with. I know I did.

Lisa Otten, 39, and her husband, Casey, have three children. Otten is the school administration manager at Quincy Senior High School.