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Face Time with Renee Oakley

Batavia Township resident Renee Oakley, 39, was helping out at the Rotolo Middle School Solo and Ensemble Contest in Batavia when she answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? Wheaton

Pets? A Maltese-Chihuahua named Moose, a ball python for my son named Africa – because that’s where they’re from – and two fish. We don’t name them.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Cate Blanchett

First job? Baby-sitting

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A marine biologist. I became a substitute teacher instead.

A book or movie you’d recommend? “The Hobbit” by J. R. R. Tolkien, and the movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” My favorite book is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.

Favorite charity? Feed my Starving Children

Hobbies? Hiking. I volunteer at Brookfield Zoo.

Do you speak another language? Yes, Spanish

Do you play an instrument? Clarinet

Favorite local restaurant? Daddio’s Diner in Batavia

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I was with a touring puppet company for eight years. I operated all different kinds of Muppet-type puppets. Mostly we did Christian shows.

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