Dr. Thunder T. Bear

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My job this past week was a service job, and I interned as a dentist at Briargate Dental Center.  I also was a patient, and had an exam from Dr. Baumgardner.
My job is in the city of Colorado Springs; I have patients from the city, suburbs, and the rural community.  I interact with patients from all over the community, helping them to maintain a clean mouth.  If they have any problems (like a cavity, a cracked tooth, or tooth pain), I help them out.  If they need any additional services, I will refer them to a dental specialist.  For example, if they need braces, they would go see an orthodontist; if they have issues with their gums, they would go to a periodontist; if they need surgery on or in their mouth, they will see an oral surgeon; if a patient has problems with the roots of their teeth, they would go see an endodontist.
There are several hygienists at Briargate Dental Center, and they are the ones who clean teeth and take x-rays of your teeth.  An assistant helps Dr. Baumgardner when he is working on a patients teeth.  The assistant helps clean the dental tools, hand Dr. Baumgardner tooth instruments (tools), and explain to the patients what type of work they need or are going to have.
If dentists did not exist in our community, most people would have terrible teeth, and may have lots of pain.  It is so important to take care of your teeth at home – brush and floss twice a day – and it is also important to visit the dentist for a cleaning and check up, two times a year.  A dentist can make sure your teeth and mouth are healthy, which is necessary to make sure you whole body is healthy!

Lightning Learns About Competitiveness Management

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 20140226_074421[1]Lightning came to work with me today. We worked on many spreadsheets and presentations. I showed him what a Competitiveness Manager does at ISS Facility Management Services does. We provide services to our customers. Our largest US customer is Hewlett Packard. Although I work from home most of the time, I do go into the local HP site and I sometimes travel to our US home office in San Antonio, TX. The actual home office is in Copenhagen, Denmark. I frequently work with other people to help improve their efficiencies and reduce their spending. We provide services that keep the HP buildings functioning by performing facility maintenance20140226_074407[1], janitorial services, office services, and landscaping. If my job did not exist, my company would continue to overspend money and would not be able to keep as many people employed. Lightening and I actually both attended an online meeting with people in California, Oregon, San Antonio, and, of course, here in Colorado. Several people stopped by the work station I was working at to ask about Lightening.
Thank you for letting Lightening share the day with me!

Julie Rowe

Lightning Spends the Day atFirst Baptist Church Black Forest

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Hello Cool Cats!

This week I spe20140219_092715nt some time with Lauryn’s mom, Mrs. Carlos, at her job. Here is a little about what she does.


She is a Ministry Assistant/front office at First Baptist Church Black Forest.

She provides a service.

The church is lo20140219_153014cated in a rural community – serving all of CS.

She helps with planning and organizing events/prayer needs/ children and youth activities/church administration functions, etc.

The church helps the community by meeting their spiritual needs.


20140219_152910I’m off to my next assignment!


Thunder Interns as an Endodontist

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Hello Mrs. Crosby –

Thank you for sending Thunder to intern at my office.  Thunder did a great job, and we would love to have him back. We would love to offer him a job, but he has to finish some scholastic requirements before he can become an Endodontist in our office 🙂 I know the kids are excited to hear about his experience, so here are the answers to your questions:
Learning about teeth.

Learning about teeth.


What is your job?
I am an Endodontist.  Endodontists, also known as “root canal specialists” are dentists who receive additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp (which is the soft tissue inside the tooth) and peri-apical tissues (which includes the periodontal ligament and the bone around the tip of the root of the tooth).  The most common procedure that we perform is root canal therapy.  Because we are working in very small spaces inside the tooth, we use a special operating microscope so that we can see inside the tooth.
Do you provide goods or a service?
We provide a service, in the health care industry.
Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community?
We are located in the city.  Although dentists are needed by people in all of these different communities, dental specialists such as Endodontists are typically located in large population centers like cities and suburbs.
How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
Endodontists are available to take care of people in the community who develop a bad toothache or infection in their mouth.  If your family dentist determines that you have a particularly severe infection or a very complicated tooth, they will recommend that you have treatment performed by an Endodontist who has special training, equipment and experience to make sure that your tooth heals properly.  Also, Endodontists spend time interacting with other dentists in the community to educate them and keep them updated on modern developments in the diagnosis and treatment of root canal related problems.  
Thunder at the office.

Thunder at the office.

How does your job support our community?
My job helps to make sure all of the people in the community have healthy teeth.  A healthy mouth is a very important component of your overall health.  Think about all the things you do with your mouth….Smile, talk, breathe, eat! It is important to keep your mouth healthy so you can continue to do all these things throughout your life.  Also, we are the educators to other dentists in the Endodontic specialty area.  Therefore, we keep all of the dentists in our community current on advancements in technology and treatment in the field of Endodontics.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?
If my job did not exist, people who develop a toothache would not be able to save their teeth.  Rather, the tooth would have to be pulled, or “extracted”.  Our first President, George Washington, lived during a time when there were no Endodontists.  Unfortunately, he had many bad teeth, and all of them had to be pulled.  He had to wear wooden false teeth, or “dentures”.  Maybe that is why you don’t see Mr. Washington smiling in any pictures?


Thank you again for the opportunity to host Thunder bear in my office.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any further information.  The attached pictures show Thunder using the surgical operating microscope in our office.  I hope you have a great day!
Ryan Jack, DDS, MS

Lightning Leads Sales and Service at Progressive

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Hello Cool Cats!

It’s Lightning. I just spent some time with Mrs. Ransom. It was so interesting! I interviewed here throughout the day…here is a little from our conversation.


Taking a conference call.

Taking a conference call.

Lightning working in Mrs. Ransom's office at Progressive.

Lightning working in Mrs. Ransom’s office at Progressive.

I am a manager at Progressive Insurance. I lead a Sales and Service unit and all the Sales New Hires. I’m responsible for 95 Customer Service Reps and 5 Supervisors. Today Lightning will help me by attending a conference call in which we will talk about how to better train our new hires. She will also go to a meeting that will talk about how to better help our Supervisors that lead New Hires. I also just restructured my unit, so she’ll help me with some communication. Change is hard, even for adults, so they might appreciate getting a hug from her.

·         I help people that sell and service auto insurance do their job effectively. They provide a service by helping people insure their property. Insurance is important because things like cars and motorcycles and boats and houses cost a lot of money, and insurance will help you with money if something bad happens to any of that property.

·         My job is located in the city, in fact I’m just down the street from DCC.  Sometimes my job is in other cities, so I travel a lot. In the last year, I’ve been to Phoenix, Cleveland, and Austin to do my job.

·         My community interactions are primarily with the supervisors. I help them to be effective leaders so they can help their teams to be effective in their jobs and careers. Sometimes I participate in job fairs and interview people who want to work here.

·         My job supports the community by ensuring that customers and potential customers receive excellent service when they call Progressive. Progressive also provides community support by conducting fundraisers, community service, and matching employee donations. One time I even helped build a playground at an elementary school that wouldn’t have otherwise had one!

Lightning enjoys a well-deserved coffee break.

Lightning enjoys a well-deserved coffee break.

·         Insurance is a pretty important thing. If it wasn’t around, people wouldn’t have money to replace their cars or motorcycles if they were stolen or in an accident. They wouldn’t be able to get their medical bills paid if they were hurt. They might also get in big trouble because insurance in required in every state!


Well, I’m going to get some rest. I have another very busy day tomorrow with another DCC family.

See you soon,



Thunder Learns What A General Manager Does

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Hello Everyone,

Today I spent the day with Jaxon’s dad Jason Oringer. Jason is the General Manager of Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers. Rocky Mountain is a car

Thunder on the phone.

Thunder on the phone.

dealership in the Powers Auto Park.

Jason’s job is to oversee the daily operations of the dealership. He is responsible for over 200 cars, 11 salesmen, 3 sales managers, 2 finance managers, advertising as well as flying around the country to buy cars to sell to the people of Colorado Springs. Jason spends a good part of his day making sure his salesmen help the customers buy a car that they not only love but can afford.

If Jason’s job did not exist there would be no one to run the store, train the staff or buy cars to sell to the people. I guess you could say if Jason just decided not go to work It would be like all the students going to school and when they got to school there were no teachers, principal or staff to teach the students. I am pretty sure there would be lots of chatting and playing but not very much learning. What do you boys and girls think would happen if there were no cars for people to buy, how would everyone get around?

Well it has been a long day and I had a great time, I even got to drive a brand new car today. Here is a picture of me on the phone with a customer helping them with questions about a new car.


Thunder T. Bear

Thunder Goes Virtual

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Thunder learning how to be a Virtual Assistant for Mr. Hughes.

Thunder learning how to be a Virtual Assistant for Mr. Hughes.

Hello class. It seems that I have been doing a lot of work on the computer these last few weeks. I have learned, though, that computer work is different for different types of jobs. The job I did this week allows people to connect when they otherwise could not. Mr. Hughes, Sam’s dad, taught me a lot!

Mr. Hughes is a virtual assistant.  He provides a service.  Mr. Hughes works for a man who helps people sell houses.  That man lives in North Carolina, and Mr. Hughes lives in Colorado.  Mr. Hughes works at his house.  He uses his computer, calls people on the phone, and sends documents to banks.  The headset on Thunder’s head is part of a phone.  Mr. Hughes helps people in communities all over the United States, not just our community.  He helps our community because with the money he makes, he buys goods and services from people in our community.  Thunder and Mr. Hughes got to decide when they ate lunch and what time they stopped working that day.  It was cool to be able to choose when they worked, but Mr. Hughes and Thunder had to get their work done before they played.

Until next week!


Thunder T. Bear, Director

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Thunder and Mr/ Albrecht at work.

Thunder and Mr. Albrecht at work.

Job:     Director of Software Development at Oracle

Job Description:     Provide software products that help businesses run more efficiently

Locations:     I work out of CS Office.  Offices located all around the World.  HQ in Redwood Shores, CA.

General Info: 
Many of the local companies here in Colorado Springs run Oracle software,  especially the Oracle database.   I direct a small development team to build software  that helps different software products communicate better to each other and help businesses save money.

Lightning Spends the Day in Sales

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Hello Cool Cats!

This week I worked with Mr. Nugent. Here is what he had to say when I interviewed him:

Lightning sits with Vanessa at her dad's desk.

Lightning sits with Vanessa at her dad’s desk.

My job is a business owner and salesman.  I provide goods to people that purchase product from me.  My job is located at my home which is in the city of Colorado Springs.  Working from home makes for an easy commute to work everyday.  I interact with members of the community when I drop off goods at the post office to be shipped to their destination.  My job supports the community by providing me and my family money to go out to eat or take my family on fun trips to places around the city.  I attached a picture of Lighting Bear and Nessa working on the computer in the office.

Until next time,


Thunder Learns About Missiles and Space

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Date of Internship: Tuesday January 21, 2014

Hi, it’s me Thunder T. Bear.

I started my internship this week with Nathan’s Dad, Ralph, working for the Space Dynamics Lab.  It took some time to get my security clearances (special badges that allow me to enter buildings) at the Missile Defense Space Center but once I got authorized I was able to gain

Thunder on base at Schriever.

Thunder on base at Schriever.

access to the Missile Defense Integration and Operations facility.  My job was to identify data collection opportunities for the special spacecraft (satellites) that can track missiles and rockets launched from Earth.  My job provides a service to the protection of our country, the United States of America.   The job is located in a rural area east of Colorado Springs at Schriever Air Force Base.   In my job, I interacted with other community members such as research organizations and military services (Army, Air Force, and Navy) to help gather data from space for researching ways to improve missile defense capabilities.  My job supports our community by contributing to the protection of the United States from anyone that wants to do harm.  If this job did not exist, then we would not be advancing our Nation’s defenses using spacecraft that orbit our Earth.   Because of the sensitive nature of information at my job, I was not able to take any pictures of my adventure and I have been sworn to secrecy.

Until next time,

Thunder T. Bear


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