Mom and Son Look Ahead to Graduation
Date: June 3, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos by Dottie Stover
Lydia Evans will be the first person in her family to graduate from college when she is awarded her bachelor's degree in early childhood education.
Lydia had previously earned associate degrees in business and early childhood education, and says it was always her dream to become a teacher, but achieving that dream took a detour.
"I actually started college after high school, but got married and wanted to stay home to raise the children. Also, my husband Lynell was going to school and trying to get his degree." Lynell earned his master's degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Lynell's job with GE took the family from their native California to Kansas and Georgia before they settled the past four years in Cincinnati. As daughter Andrea and son David entered their teen years, it was time for Lydia to give college another try.
Though she was late getting to college, Lydia's life experience was a benefit to the college classroom, says UC Education Professor Anne Bauer. "Lydia demonstrated maturity and knowledge about children that provided real insight to her peers. Her maturity allowed her to provide emotional support and allowed her classmates to put things into perspective and problem solve.
"I think she's going to be a real contributor in education," Bauer continues. "She's going to emerge as a leader."
Graduation will be a double celebration for the Evans family. Lydia will attend the College of Education graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and her son David will graduate from Wyoming High School at 5:30 the same afternoon. Lydia's mother, sister and nieces are coming in from California for the celebration, and the big party will be held June 9 for Lydia, David and her daughter Andrea, who graduated from the eighth grade this year.
Lydia will start her teaching internship in the fall, just as son David starts his first fall quarter at UC. It turns out that passion for teaching runs in the family. David plans to major in secondary math education.
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