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A Woman Who Helped Me
When I think about the women in my life that have made a difference, one immediately jumps to mind. Her name is Nancy. We worked together at a local community college. When I started there, I had no idea the impact she would have on my life.
Nancy earned her Doctorate and worked in a “man’s” job for years before educational administration was open to women. She did this all while raising her son on her own. No small task. When I met her, she was helping support her now grown son while also taking care of her mother with Alzheimer’s. She was doing this while commuting at least an hour each way to work and building a strong developmental education department and academic support lab. The proverbial – “super woman”.
When I started at the college, she hired me to work in the academic support lab while I was earning my Master’s degree. Having her as a role model made striving for excellence easy. When a position opened teaching English, she encouraged and supported me. Teaching under her was a blessing. I learned to really give my time, energy, and, most importantly, compassion to my students. I hated to see her go.
While she has moved to Arkansas to help her son and his family, she continues to be my good friend. I still look to her for a model of strength and perseverance. Hopefully, I’m able to provide a little reciprocal comfort as well.
I continue to see her face issues that would bring most women to their knees with grace and determination. She supports those she loves without reservation, sometimes to a fault. But, love does that, doesn’t it? I’m very blessed to have this woman in my life.
Is there a woman in your life that has helped you?
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