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About MeI was born and raised in Brownwood, Texas. I am the third child of six children. My parents were married for 56 years before my father’s death. My parents encouraged education. Ten of their grandchildren and all six of my siblings attended college.
We definitely had a structured home setting with a strong support system. We were classified as the “Jones Kids,” who could not get away with anything. Of course, I was afflicted with the middle child syndrome. Even though we were taught morals, values, and had discipline, every child is not always perfect. We all make mistakes.
At the age of 16, I became pregnant, an a “at-risk” kid as we call it today. It was a shock for the family and community and an embarrassment for my parents. This hurt that I thought would never pass, I was able to overcome because of the love and support from my family. My father, who was my hero, said to me, “Wanda Jean, you made a mistake, but you are going to hold your head up and go to college like anyone else.” So that is what I did.
During the 1970’s, girls could not go to school pregnant. I had a wonderful principal named Slim Warren who helped me through this crisis. I took three correspondence courses from Texas Tech during my pregnancy. My daughter was born October 26, 1970. In January of 1971, I was back with my class and graduated in 1972. I started Howard Payne University after high school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1980. I went to school longer because I was a working single mother trying to get a degree at the same time. I changed my major to Sociology with a minor in English.
Social work has been my calling for the last 37 years. Helping “at-risk” kids is my passion. In 1977, I was employed with the Texas Youth Commission working with delinquent kids. I worked there until I came to Brownwood ISD in 1996, where I continue to work with “at-risk” students. My daughter has earned her master’s degree and is a licensed social worker for Kline ISD in Houston.
I believe that “at-risk” students have unique needs, and that every student can become successful if they desire it. These are the four things that helped me through my situation and have continued to help me through my life: prayer, self-discipline, determination, and responsibility. I have learned through my time in social work that parental involvement and a support system is very crucial to make education successful for all students.
So this is my life, and why I have loved working with “at risk” students and love my job. Many of the students have come back to see me - some with a family and successful jobs – and have confessed to me that because of my help they stayed out of jail, off of drugs, and were able to have a successful life. This makes me very emotional to know that my life has had an impact on the students I have worked with.
I am the facilitator of DAEP, and although the nicknames I have been called by the students have changed throughout the years from TERMINATOR and ENFORCER, I love this job and my co-workers.
My motto is STAR, which stands for Success Through Academics and Responsibility. “A special place for special people”.
“If students do not learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn.”
In addition to my job, I am very active in the community. I play the piano and am an involved member of Greater Faith Community Church. I am a member of UNITY, the VFW, the Hardin Museum, and NAACP. I have served as a volunteer at the Ark battered woman's shelter, as a board member of Brownwood Regional Hospice, and have served with the Center for Life Resources. I also was a foster parent for 13 years.