Staff Spotlight


Marlie Hamilton, EEC Co-Leader Teacher

I am originally from Los Angeles, California, and my parents moved to Colby, Kansas when I was ten years old.  I graduated from Colby High School in 1993 and took a break from education to adventure life.  In 2006 I decided to return to school. I enrolled at Cloud County Community College and graduated with my Associate's Degree in applied science, emphasizing in Early Education.  I started working at the Salina Y in the Early Education Center in 2002, and in 2018, I decided to explore other career options. I missed working in the EEC and returned in 2019, where I am a Co-Leader Teacher in the Penguins classroom.  

I have been with my husband for 15 years. I have three step-daughters, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.  I have a part-time job in my free time, watch Hallmark movies, listen to music, and look for new ideas on Pinterest. I am a huge Raiders and USC fan. My husband is a major KU fan, and I support them as well; we attend their games when we can.  We are big sports fans at our house and watch all kinds of sports. 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Making Pinterest recipe boards and reading more books.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I would self-pamper more.

What job would you be terrible at? A dishwasher. I do not like washing dishes. 

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend? Spending somewhere quiet away from home with my husband and grandson. 

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? I have traveled to all 50 states when I was younger so I have seen a lot of places, but my favorite is driving through a big tree in the mountains. 

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? Still working for the Y and watching my grandson grow up. 

What is the most impressive thing you know how to do? I learned how to crochet from my grandmother when I was younger. I find it very relaxing. 

Why do you like working for the Y? I like when the kids I taught still remember me no matter how old and tell me I made an impact on them. I still keep in contact with some of the children over the years and I like to see them grow up.

Locations: Salina Family YMCA
Category: Meet