Continuing Education

Meet Our New Program Coordinator, Riley Thomas!

Before joining us in Continuing Education (CE), Riley was a Program Coordinator Imagewith North Seattle College Admissions, Registration, Records & Credentials (ARC). Thanks to her past work experience, Riley not only brings a strong working knowledge of college systems, but a built-in appreciation for North’s community and culture.

Please join us in welcoming Riley to the CE team!

What is your favorite thing about Continuing Education?

The opportunities Continuing Education provides for personal growth, development, and enrichment. Each class is a unique opportunity!

If you could learn deeply about one thing, what would that be?

ONE thing? I’m going to be really broad to encompass as much as possible: social sciences! The more capable I am of understanding myself, our society, and social relationships the more I am able to improve those things for the better.

What are your words to live by?

Probably something like be kind, keep a positive mindset, and remember life is short.

What character (film, literary, or TV) do you most identify with?

Who wouldn’t want to draw similarities between themselves and an unflawed, perfect character like Wonder Woman? She’s strong, confident, assertive, and totally deserved to adorn my bedroom walls. But in reality I’m much more Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. What she wants to say doesn’t always come out the way she wants it to, she accidentally walks around with lettuce in her hair, and she just wants to go home and eat cheese.

You’re stuck on a deserted island – what one CD would you bring?

Definitely a “best of” or “greatest hits” type of CD. I can’t decide between No Doubt, Bruce Springsteen, or the Beastie Boys…

What was your first job?

My first job was lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons when I was fifteen. I loved it so much I worked in aquatics through high school and college in several capacities.

Any hidden talents?

I can teach just about anybody how to swim. During my time in aquatics I taught a wide range of abilities and ages. I got to work with infants in water baby classes to seniors who wanted to swim after eighty years of never getting into a body of water. I also coached a high school swim team that produced high caliber national level competitors.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m able to regularly make time to run, weight lift, and walk my dog or take her to the dog park with my husband. Swimming, kayaking, and being my husband’s homebrew assistant are other hobbies I have and get to enjoy on less frequent basis.

What is your idea of the perfect day?

My perfect day would begin with sleeping in, but not too late, then breakfast out with my husband. The weather would be cool, but sunny. I love the feeling of standing in the sun and feeling warm but not hot. We’d take our dog Porter to the dog park, and would probably be able to go on a hike afterwards as she’s a young lab with a lot of energy. The most magical part of this perfect day would be feeling zero guilt about spending our time leisurely, as all of our errands and to do lists would already be completed.