23-year PQ Resident Continues To Give Back to Her Community
When mother, wife, 23-year PQ resident, and long-time community volunteer Beth Sczempka decided to open her own hair salon last year, she wasn’t expecting the number of friends and colleagues who stepped up to help make her dream a reality.
“No one puts volunteer time in expecting to get things in return; you do it because you love it and it feeds your soul.” Sczempka said. But her love of the people and community of Rancho Penasquitos shows in her extensive involvement.
The list of organizations, schools and programs Sczempka has been involved with is extraordinary, and some of her most satisfying work has been with all the schools her children have attended while living in the community. “I have built life-long bonds with the kids I have worked with through the years as well as with their parents,” she said.
From Deer Canyon Elementary as the Reflections Art Program co-chair and talent show co-coordinator, to Grad Nite design chair for Mt Carmel and Westview high schools, Sczempka has become very acquainted with so many of the youth and parents in the community.
While helping at Westview for seven years, Sczempka assisted in the design and organization of the school’s very first Grad Nite, and in 2009 received the honors of “Volunteer of the Year” from the school and the Golden Oak Award from the PTSA.
Along with her work with the local schools, Sczempka volunteered for 15 years with the Broadway Bound Youth Theatre, and with Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Gregory the Great as a confirmation instructor for more than 20 years.
One of Scempka’s biggest involvements right now is with Build A Miracle, an organization that works with the residents of a small village outside Tijuana to build houses and a new way of life. She was even able to save up and buy salon chairs and a shampoo station for a newly-built hair styling school there. Along with the workers at her salon, Scempka also takes trips down to do hands-on workshops with the eager Mexican students.
Perhaps the greatest part of her story is that Sczempka truly is living a fairy tale. “I used to portray Snow White at Disneyland and met my husband there who – here it comes – used to be Prince Charming.” The two now have three children: Danielle (30), Kendall (24), and Cameron (20).
With Tease Salon Studios coming up on its first anniversary, Sczempka is excited about the future and continuing to pursue her dreams and encourages other local mothers to do the same. “After the kids go off to college, it is the best time to follow your own dreams,” she said.
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Name: Beth Sczempka
Residence: Rancho Penasquitos
Business: Tease Salon Studios, 9330 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite H
Family: Married, 3 children