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In grandmother's steps

Priority for education established long ago

Donna Sue Morehead
Age: 48
Occupation: Social studies department chairwoman at Sam Houston Middle School

Where did you receive your education?
McMurry College in Abilene; West Texas State University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I played school from the time my older sisters and cousins made me their pupil at the age of 4, and still get to do that every day. Nothing is more enjoyable for me than to see the spark in the eyes of my students as they encounter new knowledge.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I was the third child in my family to begin college in a five-year period, all to a private college. My parents were not able to contribute monetarily to my degree as much as they wished, and as a result, I worked all four years of college.

What is the value of your education?
Priceless. It is an integral part of who I am. I think part of my purpose in life is to show that value to others.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I tell my students each day the only thing that will keep them in one place for the rest of their lives is to stop learning.

When did you make education a priority?
I think it was made a priority by my grandmother, Vera Morehead. She left West Texas Normal College in 1916 lacking only one class toward graduation to teach in Kingsmill, and left there four years later to marry my grandfather. She stressed to all seven of her children that their education was the way to a better life. She attended high school graduations for 18 of her 20 grandchildren and saw most of us graduate from college. And 11 of us chose careers in education.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My parents never asked me if I was going to college; they just wanted to know where I was going and if I could do it in four years.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
My family is driven by a desire to do their best. Even in our worst moments, we continue because a better situation is around the next corner, past the next roadblock, or in the next moment.

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