Throughout the month of April, we’re partnering with Bank of America to Stock Our Shelves. We’ll be featuring Bank of America employees, talking about school, supplies, and some of the key areas in our Free Store: “Basics,” “Math and Science,” “Reading and Writing,” and “Arts.” Read on, then head on over to Stock Our Shelves to donate and learn more.
What’s your name and role at Bank of America?
Jonathan Sewell, Private Banker at U.S. Trust.
If you went to school locally, what schools did you go to?
Troutdale Elementary, Reynolds Middle, Reynolds High
What do you love about school supplies?
I always loved the big pink erasers. I remember drawing on them until they looked like racecars.
What was your favorite subject in school, and how does it relate to what you do today?
Math was always my favorite as there is always a right answer, but the path to get there can be varied. I am able to use my skills learned in math to bring value to my clients by saving them money and ensuring that their balance sheets are aligned to meet their goals.
If one teacher from your childhood visited you at work today, who would put the biggest smile on your face, and why?
My biggest thrill would be to get an opportunity to meet with my Junior year English teacher. She was one of the biggest driving forces in helping me to understand how to implement the information learned to make my communications with others be as efficient as possible.
What’s the one school supply you simply couldn’t live without when you were in school?
My favorite supply was an overly sharpened pencil that ended up being just a couple of inches long. I had too much fun going back and forth from my desk to the pencil sharpener until there was barely anything left of my pencil.