Meet Fern Lovelace Pegus! Fern grew up in Athens and in seventh grade moved to South Jackson Elementary. She attended Jefferson High School and graduated from there in 1988. She received a degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. After college she participated in two years of sea turtle research and lived in St. Croix and the Dry Tortugas.
“It was a spectacular experience and paid off some of my student loans,” she said. “I moved to Atlanta and began working in administration and accounting. Math is my thing. I started helping small businesses and more people would call and I had a mentor that helped me along.
“I am thrilled about opening up a daycare center here in Jefferson in May 2020. It is aptly named Dragon Academy. I now have a builder that is building the building, which is about 13,000 SF. We will have 10 classrooms and an after school program…we will eventually have two Pre-K classes. Everyone seems to be excited about it, there isn’t anything like it in Jefferson.”
She’s been married for 10 years and the couple has one daughter name Iva.
We want to thank Fern for recently spending time with us and telling us more about her life and love of Jackson County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “Last year, there were about 40 kids in Jefferson that were unable to get into a Pre-K class in the city of Jefferson. These kids had to attend Bright Beginnings or other similar places. I’ve been an officer of a couple of companies and been involved with start-up businesses. With this background I decided to open a daycare to serve our community.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County?
Q: Who is the most interesting person you have met in Jackson County?
A: “Coach Keen, my math teacher in high school. He had such a huge personality. Whenever you did well in his class your face would be beaming.”
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “‘Star Wars.’ I was 7 when it came out and my brother was 5. I remember standing in line for hours.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “I have a small talent of adapting to situations and making people feel more comfortable. Adapt to whoever you are speaking with and listen. You can get a lot of information if you are listening.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: ”We did a huge cruise a couple of years ago. We traveled all around the Mediterranean, visiting Turkey, Greece, Rome, Santorini, Croatia. We went all around the “boot” of Italy ending in Venice. I have also done some traveling to Israel for work. I do really want to spend more time in Europe and travel to China. I didn’t get married until I was 40, so I did a lot of traveling.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: ”I don’t want to see anybody in a huge venue anymore but I do love small venues. I used to be kind of a groupie of John Mayer before he got big; we would see him at Eddies Attic and Smith’s Olde Bar and follow him around. I would really like to see JJ Grey.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Jackson County?
A: ”I like it that when I go Kroger I see people that I know. This still feels like a small town to me. Its great knowing someone wherever we go.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: ”In five years, I would say I hope this new daycare business is off and running very well serving this community! In 10 years, I’m hoping I could get to a place where I could sell the daycare to someone that can build on what we started.”
Q: If you could have professional staff at home, what would you choose? Chef, personal trainer, nanny, driver coach?
A: “Personal trainer.”
Q: What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: ”Family, Love and Familiarity.”