Iesha Na’Cole Jenkins, 19, works at Mama’s Soul Catering Restaurant in Harker Heights.
What do you enjoy most about working in Harker Heights?
I enjoy the people and the environment. There is a lot to do in Harker Heights.
What do you do at Mama’s Soul? What do you enjoy most about your job?
I serve food and greet customers. My boss reminds me so much of my grandmother by the way she carries herself, and that is a good thing. It is one of the many reasons that I enjoy working for her. My grandmother is also a business owner.
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
It would be to have my father back. He was killed three weeks and a day, to be exact, before I was born. He is my Guardian Angel; however it would be nice to have met him and touched him in the physical sense. I have his family and my mom’s family around me as my support system. My mom and my dad’s family share their memories of my dad with me all the time and that helps me to be able to get an idea of the type of man he was.
Tell me about your family.
I grew up in Clarksville, Tenn., which is located right outside of the military base Fort Campbell, Ky. I left Clarksville in 2004 with my mother, when she married my stepfather we moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. We got stationed at Fort Hood in December 2006 and have lived here ever since. I have a baby brother, 13, who attends Palo Alto Middle School, and two baby sisters ages 7 and 2. I live with my mother and my siblings and attend Central Texas Community College. I graduated from Shoemaker High school June 2013.
What are you currently going to school for?
I am going to school at CTC for business management. I plan on starting my own business one day. I plan on graduating from Central Texas College next year with my associate degree, and then go on to pursue my bachelor degree. I am not sure yet what I would like my business to be yet because I am very passionate about different things. I love music, I love to write, sing, listen to and dance to it. I enjoy working with children, and I enjoy helping people in need if I can.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
“You can do anything that you put your mind to,” this was from my mother. I have several cheerleaders in my corner giving me great advice and I appreciate them all.