Hi! I am Katelyn Bracey and I am originally from Winter Park. I graduated from Lake Highland and went to Emmanuel College in Boston. After I graduated College, I did a year of service in Newark, New Jersey where I worked with homeless teens/young adults assisting them with getting their GED. I then went to Fordham University for my Masters in Social Work and worked all over New York City with children and families for the past 10 years.
I actually met my husband, Brad when we were in high school and we reconnected when we were both living in Manhattan. We had a “micro” wedding in Central Park right before we moved back down here, which was a great ending to our New York chapter.
Brad was born and raised in College Park so when we moved back down here, College Park was the only place we were looking to live!
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
We just welcomed our son Callan in March! We also have an adorable Cavalier Peaches who we consider our first baby. I am actually 1 of 6 children and all of my siblings are scattered around the country. We are also super fortunate to have my in-laws still living in College Park which has been amazing with our newborn!
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I have been an Elementary School Counselor in Brooklyn New York and was able to work remotely during my pregnancy- I hope to be able to do something similar down here! I love working with children and it has always been the main focus in my career.
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
I love Adriatico, Digress, Graffiti, Rusteak, and Armandos!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
We just moved back here in November and bought our house in January!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Martha’s Vineyard! I grew up going there every summer as a child and it is my most favorite place in the world and we usually go every summer!
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Law and Order SVU and basically anything on Bravo!
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
I have always wanted to go to Thailand and explore more of Italy- basically anything to do with travel.
Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
James Taylor- he has always been my favorite singer
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Stewarts Jewelry Store and Ollies! (My husband would live there if he could)
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I love being able to walk down to Edgewater with my family for drinks or dinner and afternoon stroller walks around Lake Adair and Little Lake Ivanhoe!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Hopefully still here in College Park and continuing on growing our family!
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Rome, Italy! It was absolutely beautiful and I cant wait to go back!
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
My favorite month in Florida is May- School is out and a great time to escape to the beach! I also love Christmas here because it finally cools down and really feels like Fall.
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
A weekend beach trip!
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My husband and my son! My father passed away when I was a teenager and I believe that is why I wanted to work with children he always and continues to inspire me to be a better person.
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Lavendar and Jasmine