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Organization key to success for busy UHV education graduates

May 15, 2010 at 12:15 a.m.

Karie Wimberly

Two busy students can thank years of organization for their graduation Saturday from the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education & Human Development.

Bachelor's degree candidate Nicole King of Victoria and master's degree candidate Karie Wimberly of Goliad were recognized at commencement as Outstanding Students. They were selected by the school's faculty because of their academic records and related achievements.

"It's taken me four-and-a-half years to get my master's degree, but I had wonderful support from my husband, three boys and my grandmother," said Wimberly, who received her Master of Education in school counseling. "With the help of my family and friends, I was able to reach my goal."

Wimberly is the school counselor at Goliad Elementary and Intermediate schools. Along with juggling a full-time job and classes, she stayed busy with numerous groups, including Relay for Life of Goliad County, 4-H Club, her sons' Parent-Teacher Organization and the St. John's Lutheran Church Women's Circle.

King, who graduated with a bachelor of science in Interdisciplinary Studies, was on the UHV Student Senate for the last two years as secretary and then vice president.

"I have been able to meet many people by being involved with the Student Senate," she said. "We have all been able to work together as a whole and interact with the student body, faculty and staff."

King also spent the spring semester student teaching kindergarteners and second-graders at O'Connor Magnet School in Victoria and, if that wasn't enough, planning her wedding.

On March 27, King married her high school sweetheart, Jonathan King, a 2005 university alumnus.

She was already hired as a permanent substitute teacher at O'Connor, a year-round school, through the beginning of July. Then, she will look for a teaching job in Victoria before getting her Master of Education from the university.

She worked for two years in UHV Student Solutions helping students with general questions about admissions, financial aid and billing, and helped with student orientations.

King was invited to join the UHV team that competed in the spring 2008 "Know Your Heritage: Hispanic College Quiz" TV show and the Gamma Beta Phi national honor society in fall 2008.

Wimberly and King were two of nine degree candidates recognized as Outstanding Students for the Spring on Saturday.

Faculty members at each of UHV's four schools choose at least one bachelor's and one master's degree candidate each semester.

"The faculty of the School of Education & Human Development is so proud of both Karie and Nicole for their dedication to the field of education," Dean Lawrence Rossow said. "These two outstanding graduates will indeed make a difference in the lives of our youth."

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