- Current job title: Instructor in ADN program.
- Education: Master’s in Nursing Education.
- Job duties: Face-to-face theoretical and professional conceptual course. As well as heading up
clinical course for third semester students.
- The path you took to reach your current position: I began as a nurse assistant in a local hospital in my community and went to school
for Licensed Practical nursing, then I moved to Houston where I obtained my ADN from
San Jacinto College South. I went on to attend Texas Woman’s University where I receied
my BSN and Master of Nursing Education. Lastly, I attended GCU where I am four classes
shy of obtaining a Doctorate in Nursing.
- Your toughest professional challenge: Continuing to press into my integrity and training when circumstances presented otherwise.
Also, creating the dynamics of success in challenging environments.
- Successes in life: My family.
- Life lessons: Silence is just as important as speaking.
- What you would be doing now if you had all the time in the world: Traveling and volunteering.
- The best advice you’ve ever received: Not advice but an observation I saw my grandfather display. He never let anything
stop him. He became one of a handful of African-American sheriff’s deputies in a time
and town that made it difficult for a black man to get into law enforcement. He always
showed up regardless of the circumstances and spoke up when he saw something wrong.
Lastly, when he taught you something he expected more of you after that. So I guess
the best advice was perseverance.
- The best advice you could give to your students: Each has a season of learning and a season of teaching.
- Current job title: WCJC Paralegal Studies Program Director.
- Education: BBA in Finance and Juris Doctorate in Law.
- Job duties: I instruct paralegal studies students. I also review and assess the paralegal studies
program’s courses and curriculum.
- The path you took to reach your current position: I practiced law full-time before accepting a full-time WCJC instructor position.
- Your toughest professional challenge: Obtaining the American Bar Association’s approval of our paralegal studies program.
- Successes in life: Passing the Texas Bar Exam the first time, having a loving and supportive family
and working at WCJC.
- Life lessons: Worrying about things that you cannot control is a waste of time and energy.
- What you would be doing now if you had all the time in the world: Traveling the country to tour different NFL stadiums.
- The best advice you’ve ever received: Read as much and as often as you can.
- The best advice you could give to your students: Do not let minor setbacks keep you from reaching your goals.
- Current job title: Instructor of Process Technology/ Program Director
- Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Alcorn State University), Research Intern at Brookhaven
National Laboratory, Long Island, New York. Master’s Degree in Education (University
of Houston-Clear Lake).
- Job duties: Teaching, mentoring and advising students. Assist students with job placement. Staff
selection/development and program management.
- The path you took to reach your current position: I worked my way through college, worked in the petrochemicals industry 31+ years,
and used the Dow Chemical Company employee professional development assistance program
to further my education.
- Your toughest professional challenge: Letting people accomplish goals in their own way.
- Successes in life: Marriage (36-plus years) and family (three children all with master’s degrees), ordained
church elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, recipient of two United States
patents, first African-American president of the Sweeny ISD school board (served 10
years), technical editor of the North American Process Technology Alliance process
quality textbook 2nd edition (the textbook will be used by all colleges offering the
process technology program in North America).
- Life lessons: Life was not designed to be one “big” smooth sail, and don’t give up and don’t give
in just keep your head up and smile for there’s a bright side somewhere.
- What you would be doing now if you had all the time in the world: Doing what I am doing now and spending more time sightseeing across the greatest
nation in the world, the United States of America.
- The best advice you’ve ever received: Pursue your dreams and not that of someone else.
- The best advice you could give to your students: Pursue your dreams and not that of someone else, be earnest with yourself and you
will be earnest with others, never stop learning and be rich in good deeds.
- Current job title: Director of Student Life.
- Education: My BA is in History from the University of Texas at Austin, and my MA is in Education
from Prairie View A&M University.
- Job duties: I am responsible for the residence halls, student organizations, campus/student activities,
recreational sports, student conduct/discipline, and advising the student government
- The path you took to reach your current position: I started working in student services while still a student at UT Austin. I was a
resident assistant, orientation advisor and peer academic advisor. That said, my plan
was law school but I gave it up for a career in student services. I became a recruiter
for UT then an advisor. I came to Houston to work in student life and that led me
- Your toughest professional challenge: Getting people with different views on the same subject matter to unite for the common
- Successes in life: In the professional sense, creating a recreational sports program without dedicated
funding or facilities, creating a funding source to benefit student activities and
seeing the success of students who have been assisted by programs that I worked on.
- Life lessons: Always be truthful to others and yourself.
- What you would be doing now if you had all the time in the world: Assisting students with finding their path, and then helping them along. In other
words, I would be doing just what I am now.
- The best advice you’ve ever received: I was having huge trouble making a personal decision. The factors I was considering
had to do with how others might feel about whatever I decided. My best friend turned
to me and said, “You know your life is half over, right?” The meaning was sometimes
you have to make the best decision for you.
- The best advice you could give to your students: Your dreams, talents and passions were put inside you by God for a reason. You can’t
go wrong, and will live your best life, by following them.
- Current job title: Academic Advisor.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) and MBA.
- Job duties: Recommending the appropriate courses for students based on their educational goals,
identifying students’ Major Pathway, providing career counseling and developing short-term
and long-term academic plans that lead to graduation and/or transfer.
- The path you took to reach your current position: My path to my current position was more like a lucky stumble. My first job out of
college was as a Child Support Officer for the Office of the Attorney General. Although
there was never a dull moment within that field, it just wasn’t for me. Therefore,
after four years of working for the agency I began to reevaluate my career. My career
search led me to the Art Institute of Houston where I served as an Assistant Director
of Admissions. While working in this position, I realized that I enjoyed helping students
navigate their way through college and eventually made the transition from admissions
- Your toughest professional challenge: Juggling a career and my personal obligations as a wife and mother can be challenging.
In order to create a healthy work/life balance, I often have to prioritize my time
and make sure to include a little time for myself.
- Successes in life: Top 10 percent in high school, earned a basketball scholarship to college, bachelor’s
degree and MBA, elected secretary for the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN),
accepted into WCJC’s Leadership Institute program, wife and mother of two beautiful
- Life lessons: Don’t take everything so seriously. As a Type A personality I tend to be wound pretty
tight at times. I am continually reminding myself to slow down, take a breather and
enjoy the moment.
- What you would be doing now if you had all the time in the world: I would homeschool my children and travel the world. I would love for my children
to explore different cultures and learn lessons that cannot be taught inside a classroom.
- The best advice you’ve ever received: Live for the present and not for the future.
- The best advice you could give to your students: Pursue your dreams and not the dreams of others. This includes family and friends.
Make sure that you are pursuing the career path that is right for you and not the
path that others expect you to follow.