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From executive assistants and dance teachers to skin consultants: Meet the Falcons cheerleaders

Editor's note: We will be profiling all of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders throughout the 2018 season. Their stories will appear on AtlantaFalcons.com every two weeks.

Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders 'career looks' photo shoot

Week 1: Nurses, marketing specialists, students and teachers

Week 2: Air Force recruiting officers, nurse practitioners, consultants and entrepreneurs

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Alex T.

Occupation: Childhood fitness and dance teacher

What made you interested in this career?

We’ve all heard people say “if you love what you do, you’ll never ‘work’ a day in your life.” That was my main motivation behind wanting to be a dance instructor. I’ve always loved to dance, and I truly love teaching it just as much!

How long have you been doing this?

I have about 5 years of experience in teaching the classes, but I’ve just recently jumped back into it after graduating college in the spring. 

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?

The most rewarding thing about my job is getting to watch each student’s personal growth. I like to give them something challenging to work on and seeing their excitement once they accomplish it is pretty special!

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

As an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader, one of the most important things in my eyes is to act as a role model to young girls and show them that anything is possible! I like to teach that same message to all of my students.

What was your first job?

My first job was waitressing at a local restaurant in my hometown. 

Have you always known that you were going to work with children? 

Yes. Many of the jobs that I’ve had in the past involved children. From working at preschools, to assistant teaching and nannying, I’ve always loved being around kids! 

What made you decide that you wanted to teach dance?

When I was younger, I had a few dance teachers that made a great impact on my life. I will always cherish the time that I spent training with them and the lessons that they taught me. As I got older and gained experience, I realized that I had the capability to make the same impact!

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Mallory M.

Occupation: Agile coach at The Coca-Cola Company

What made you interested in this career? 

I interned with Coca-Cola while in school for my Masters of Business Administration. There are several reasons I was interested in Coca-Cola, but one of the biggest is what the company represents. Coca-Cola is about creating moments of optimism and happiness and being part of special moments in people’s lives. I grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL and some of my fondest memories are having a cold Coca-Cola with family and friends while attending Alabama Football Games. I joined Coca-Cola because I was interested in being part of creating these moments for other people.

How long have you been doing this? 

I have been an Agile coach at Coca-Cola for 14 months and with Coca-Cola for 5 years.

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do? 

The most rewarding thing about being an Agile coach is seeing how quickly a diverse, empowered, cross-functional Agile team is able to achieve a goal that impacts the business.

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job? 

One of the things I take away from being part of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders is what can be achieved by a group that is working together. What a team can create together, whether dancing on the field or spending time in the community, is much greater than what we can do as individuals. I bring this to my daily work by sharing how a diverse, cross-functional team can achieve incredible results by working together and leveraging the different strengths of its members.

What was your first job? 

I had my first job when I was 15 years old and worked at a Merle Norman Cosmetics.

What is the day-to-day life of an Agile coach at The Coca-Cola Company? Have you always wanted to be in this industry? 

The Agile coach role is very interesting because every day is different. Everything is focused on creating a growth organization where associates and teams are enabled and empowered to come together on the things that will drive the most value for our customers and consumers. Some days I lead training for associates across the globe. Other days I am coaching Agile teams to help accelerate results and progress. The Agile coach role was just created at the Coca-Cola Company in July of 2017 and I knew nothing about it before then. But, that is the great part about working at Coca-Cola, there are always new opportunities for you to grow and develop.

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Ashley M.

Occupation: Orangetheory coach, pink barre instructor, dance teacher

What made you interested in this career? 

I was interested in being a fitness instructor because I wanted something fun that would keep me moving while encouraging others.

How long have you been doing this? 

I've always been interested in fitness, but I have been an instructor for about a year and a half.

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do? 

The most rewarding thing is being able to help others achieve their goals and become healthier, happier versions of themselves!

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job? 

I bring my energy and desire to inspire from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to my classroom and it is definitely a key to my success!

What was your first job? 

My first job was actually a patient care coordinator at Emory University Hospital Winship Cancer Institute.

Do you develop personal relationships with the people you teach as a fitness/dance instructor? Is it rewarding seeing people progress? 

Developing personal relationships with clients and seeing their progress is the best part of the job, it’s why I love doing what I do!

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Krista R.

Occupation: Skin consultant

What made you interested in this career? 

I have been a makeup artist for years and have always love everything about the industry. The opportunity was introduced to me, and it just made sense! I love helping people feel good in their own skin and mentoring others to reach their goals within their business.

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been a consultant for a little over a year and will continue for many years!

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?

Helping people feel better about themselves and being surrounded and mentored by the greatest people. I also have made friends from all over through connecting with our businesses. It’s so rewarding.

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

Being able to connect and create relationships with different types of fans has really prepared me. I’ve been able to carry those skills over to the business world. All of the organization, work ethic and preparation skills required for AFC help with every part of life, especially at your job!

What was your first job?

A dance teacher 

What are your biggest passions? Why did you become a Make A Wish ambassador?

I love helping people whether it’s helping them with their skin, makeup, dance and cheer skills or just their confidence. Making people feel good is so important to me and one of the reasons I joined the Make A Wish foundation. My best friend had her wish granted when she was younger, and I wanted to be apart of the process. Being able to have an impact on someone’s life who is going through a rough time is such an honor! I get to help put a smile on their faces, and I love it!

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Brittany N.

Occupation: Senior Executive Assistant at Medical Doctor Associates

What made you interested in this career?

I love having a purpose and helping people. Knowing that I had the opportunity to play a role in the medical field was something I simply could not pass up. There is so much to learn in this industry, and you can never stop growing!

How long have you been doing this?

Almost 2 years

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do? 

Knowing that at the end of every day I've helped someone get the exceptional medical attention they need, along with providing doctors of all kinds great environments to work in.

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

I bring the obvious energy, enthusiasm, and teamwork, but I also bring something that's even bigger than all of that. Dedication. Cheering professionally for the Atlanta Falcons has taught me how to work hard and put in the extra effort more than anything I have ever done in my life. Working long, hard, gruelling hours may not be fun at times, but in the end it's worth it. Every single time. 

What was your first job? 

Gymnastics Teacher!

What is the day-to-day life of an executive assistant? Have you always wanted to be involved in the medical field?

That's one of the great things about my role - every day is different! My main focus on a daily basis is making sure our company's President is happy and successful. Scheduling and attending crucial meetings for our company's growth is the main focal point of my job. I haven't always known I wanted to go into the medical field, but it's sparked my interest for as long as I can remember. I couldn't be happier with my choice!

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