Strife in Life: Adult Education Graduation Snapshot with Infant Eggleton

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May 17, 2017 by HCDE-Texas

423A5850(Harris County Department of Education’s GED Graduation 2017 is scheduled for May 20 at 11 a.m. at 6300 Irvington, Houston, Texas, 77022 in our conference center.  This story is part of a series of interviews with our adult students called “Strife in Life.” For class information, go to www.hcde-texas.org/adulteducation.)

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At just 27 years old, 2017 GED graduate Infant Eggleton has faced more hardships than most. Through her determination and positivity, and support from teacher Rosie Coleman, she will walk the stage and receive her GED on May 20 with approximately 79 other adult learners.

Earning her GED is a crucial step for Eggleton, who is trying to make life better for her three children. In May 2016, Eggleton’s youngest child was diagnosed with meningitis and they spent two months in the hospital. Eggleton wasn’t financially stable at the time and didn’t know where to turn for help. Her three children were taken from her, and this pushed Eggleton to make a change.

“Ultimately, I’m grateful for the push because I get to be a better mom,” said Eggleton. “Getting my GED proves that I can complete something positive. I know I’m going to make my kids proud of me.”

Eggleton found the support system she needed at Memorial Assistance Ministries through HCDE’s Adult Education program and completed the program in just three months.

“Rosie Coleman is the best teacher I’ve ever had,” said Eggleton. “She pressed me to keep going. She is the support system I always wanted and needed.”

Eggleton is optimistic about her future and plans to continue school in June to become a dental hygienist.

“Getting my GED is not the end of what I can do, it’s the beginning of what I’m going to do.”

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