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Degree helps mom get ahead in life
Occupation: Business Development Manager, Amarillo Economic Development Corp.
Where did you receive your education?
Wellington High School; Angelo State University in San Angelo.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
If it were not for my education, my career would look nothing like it does today.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I began college out of high school but eventually dropped out after I got married and had a baby. However, divorce soon followed and I had an infant son to support. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but it was clear I must finish my college degree. My father did everything he could to make sure I finished college.
What is the value of your education?
I would not trade my education for any amount of money. There are things my middle-school speech teacher taught me years ago that I still use today. I especially remember her emphasis on manners, good grammar and public speaking with confidence. Thanks, Mrs. Williams.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I think it's important to note there are different types of education - associate degrees, technical colleges, skilled-trades apprenticeships - that are great career paths.
When did you make education a priority?
July 4, 1996. My dad and I drove to San Angelo from Wellington to find my son and I a place a live so I could finish my senior year of college. I'll never forget that day - that was a real turning point in my life.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I became a single mother with no college education. I was terrified of what my future held. One thing became clear: Getting a college education was something that I had to do.
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