Featured Staff – Brooklyn Burnett
Brooklyn Burnett has lived in Kearney most of her life with her parents Devin & Christina Stagg and her older sister, Shealyn. The sisters picked on each other like crazy growing up, but once both had hit their teenage years; luckily, they became very close friends as well.
Brooklyn’s parents have always been the laid back fun type, from letting their kids dye their hair funky colors to allowing them to make their own good or bad decisions, teaching us from a young age to be responsible for our own choices.
As a child she went to Dogwood Elementary, Kearney Middle School Kearney Junior High, and onto to the big High School, which felt so slow, yet went very fast. Brooklyn studied English and Science intensely, throughout her schooling. In 2019, she graduated early to start her career in nursing more quickly. She loved writing stories and essays on subjects she dearly cared about, as for science she loved to learn about animals, insects, and human anatomy. During this time, she went on many trips from conservation tours with her class to studying new types of insects and animals with her teachers. On top of schooling, Brooklyn became a dancer for the school and performed in multiple contests and competitions with her friends. School has been a very important part in her life that she will never forget.
One of the first jobs she ever wanted was to be an exotic observational conservationist, to work with many different types of animals. This was actually one of the first jobs she got to try out. Brooklyn worked for an Exotic Pet Owner, taking care of all types of different animals. She encountered lemurs, zebras, peacocks, kangaroos, antelope, water buffalo, chimpanzees, and various other animals. She would spend most of her day hanging out and playing with each animal. She would carry baby wallabies and kangaroos around in a blanket wrapped around her chest, play catch with chimps and lemurs, and even wrestle with the antelope and buffalo!
Brooklyn soon followed in her mother’s and grandma’s footsteps and started nursing. Her mother, Christina, has been a nurse since she was 16. Brooklyn’s grandma, Brenda, has been working in the nursing field for a long time , and still works for Focus! Some of you may have seen her here at Westbrook.
From a young age, Brooklyn always wanted to help people, no matter what. She started her education on health and human wellbeing care while still in high school by taking college classes for psychology, sociology, anatomy and health courses.
Brooklyn’s biggest hobbies include dancing and singing. She loves to perform with her friends in competitions, She’s very competitive in all sorts of sports and contests, even getting 2nd place with a lyrical duet out of her entire school’s dance contest. Another interesting activity is she is a party princess, dressing as superheroes and princesses for kid’s parties, charities, hospitals, and events.
Brooklyn started working for Westbrook April of 2020. Being the youngest staff member, she enjoys how nice and respectful everyone is to her. She enjoys all the fun and interesting stories from residents and friends. The environment is always cheerful and friendly. She seems to learn something new every day that will help advance her knowledge of the big world.
When asked about how to live her day to day life, she said she believes self care and happiness for your self is highly important. If you are not happy yourself, how will you enjoy life and help show others to be happy with themselves as well.