I Live Here: The Poppenbergs

Have you ever wondered who lives in Central Florida neighborhoods? Say hello to Lake Nona's Poppenberg family.
Say hello to the Poppenbergs (left to right): Bethany, Alyssa, and Kevin.

Q&A With the Poppenbergs

Name and age
Bethany, 35; Kevin, 36; daughter Alyssa, 4

We are both from the Buffalo, NY area originally but have called Florida home since we finished college.

Current neighborhood
North Shore at Lake Hart

How do you pay the bills?
I’m a PE teacher at the NEW Innovation Middle School and a Rodan+Fields consultant. Kevin is a Senior Datacenter Architect for a global IT organization, Insight Enterprises. We are also beginning to dabble in real estate.

What do you create?
Fit, athletic middle schoolers with good sportsmanship and sports etiquette. Oh, and beautiful skin and lashes for adults.

How did you land in Orlando?
Kevin moved to Ocala right after college. I joined him a year later to attend grad school at UF. We stayed in Ocala for my first three years of teaching and then Kevin got a job at UCF and that began our life in Orlando!

Do you hold an annual pass? If so, to which park?
We had the premier passes at Universal for two years and LOVED them. We just allowed them to expire and are looking to add SeaWorld and Aquatica next.

What is the last book you read?
Kevin just finished reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.  A must read for financial education and getting on the path to financial freedom.

Name your favorite tattoo
Neither of us have any ink at this time, but if we did it would most certainly be something close to our hearts and related to our families.

Last thing you ate at a food truck?
Hmmm… most likely tacos for Bethany, Monsta Lobsta for Kevin, and a burger for Alyssa!

What is your favorite farmers’ market and why?
I love Mondays at the YMCA. On my way to or from class, I can stop by to shop or pick up a last-minute dinner.

Butterbeer, Dole whip, or _______?
Raspberry martini?? 😉 Or Yogurt Breeze!

Springs, lakes, or oceans?
Oceans! That’s why we live in FL, right??

Only in Orlando moment?
Every gator sighting still impresses me. Also, having to stop and allow Sandhill Cranes to cross the road.

Dog person or cat person?
Dog. We have an 8-year old Mini Schnauzer named Sabre—named after our beloved Buffalo hockey team.

If you could change one thing about Orlando, what would it be?
Less humidity!

Where can we find you on the web?
Bethany: https://innovationms.ocps.net/faculty___staff and https://bethanyp.myrandf.com
Kevin: kevin@nonapopp.com for real estate investments and LinkedIn

This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Central Florida Monthly Magazine. The free publication is distributed in Lake Nona, Lee Vista, Harmony, Conway, St. Cloud, and Kissimmee via direct mail (30 thousand copies), email (20 thousand subscribers), social media (thousands of followers) and the Social, CFM’s signature networking event. Download the digital issue here.

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