By Karin Calloway

Karissa Davis Wright, 39, is the disability/special needs coordinator and academic counselor at Augusta Technical College. She and her husband, Anthony,  have a 7-year-old daughter, Kinsley, and a Toy Poodle named Lulu. She says her favorite hobby at the moment is playing pretend with her daughter. “You would not believe the adventures we’ve been on.” 

One word to describe yourself: Spontaneous.

What quality do you admire the most? Endurance. You can get through anything.

If you could do any job, what would you choose? I would choose the job I’m doing now. Helping people with disabilities is very rewarding and it nurtures my soul and spirit.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A Disney character.

What’s your favorite food? Country fried fish.

Dream vacation? Anything and everything Disney.

Favorite place to take Kinsley? Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.

If you had a super power, what would it be? The ability to assist all people with special needs/disabilities—it only takes one encouraging word.

Life lesson: Trust yourself and always listen to your Mother—she is rarely wrong.

What would surprise people about you? I like walking in the rain with my face lifted to the sky rejoicing and worshipping God.

Best thing about being a mom? Watching my daughter blossom and spread her wings like a beautiful butterfly with many captivating colors. Being there for her and ensuring her that life is about creating spectacular colors and enjoying every shade.

Hardest part about being a mom? Balancing work, playtime/playdates, husband and Mommy time.

Signature dish: Cheese grits.

What was your first job? Childcare center.

Greatest hope: To se my daughter and my niece, Mallory, happy and becoming whatever their hearts desire.

Song playing in your head: A Whole New World from Disney’s Aladdin soundtrack. 

Favorite college football team: Georgia Bulldogs.

Are you a planner, a dreamer or a doer? I’m a dreamer. In the famous words of Walt Disney, “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” All of my wishes have come true (husband and daughter) and I’m living my dreams by spending every moment with them. 

What inspires you? The encouraging lectures I receive from my sister, and yes, they are lectures.

This article appears in the October 2016 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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