What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a program coordinator for Alamo Colleges, I-BEST.
I help students to continue their education by getting into college, getting their GED, learning English, or getting in a Career Training program."
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Play with my four grandkids."
What city and state were you born in?
"Brooklyn, New York My dad was stationed there while in the Navy. I am definitely not a New Yorker."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"I live with my husband of 41 years, Robert Kitchen. My four grandkids come and visit every weekend, Isaiah, Karlee, Kaitlyn and Kelcee."
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"God has seen me through many challenges in my life. He has seen me through a family member's drug addiction. Without the Lord, I don't know how anyone can make it through life's problems."
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Masterpiece on PBS "Downtown Abbey"
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)? "Contemporary Christian"
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"D & D and Power Plant Texas Grill"
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I have got four turtles."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Jesus Christ, Billy Graham, Corrie Ten Boom, Abe Lincoln, and Gloria Dryer (my mother who past away several years ago)."
What are your roles in the community?
"Educator, Coordinator of Adult Education at Alamo Colleges, I-BEST. Alamo Colleges has classes in Seguin at the Seguin Public Library, Seguin ISD (Erskine) and Alamo Colleges, Central Texas Technology Center. We are also teaching in companies in Seguin; GED with Continental, and teaching ESL with Minigrip."
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. "I have been an instructor in adult education in Seguin for many years. I have had many GED students and ESL students in the area.
I love making a difference in these students lives. I love watching them graduate and go on to college and have careers. It makes a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.
I have been a member of Leadership Seguin, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Leadership group's project this year is improving the Juan Seguin's burial site. I have enjoyed working with them in this project and learning about Seguin and the businesses in Seguin."
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Watching students graduate and get their GED. Giving people a second chance in their education and life."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Seguin is a small town that has a sense of community. People care about their town and each other."
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Seguin is attracting manufacturing plants. It is and one of the fastest growing towns in manufacturing. Wow!"
What are your future plans?
"I would like to make it easier for students to go to college or get career training. Alamo Colleges is starting new free classes helping students go back to school. I am trying to start a non-profit literacy group, Hill Country Literacy, to provide Adult Education classes in Seguin and the surrounding area. If you are interested in going to college or starting a career training program, call me at Alamo College, Central Texas Technology Center, 210-486-7407."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Everyone deserves a second chance. Don't Give Up On Yourself! Support Literacy! "