Celebrating Employees who Earned their Degree during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, many graduation ceremonies and celebrations have been cancelled or held only in a virtual capacity. OWBC has had numerous staff members who have graduated this year, and we would like to celebrate their achievements! Congrats, Graduates!

Meet our graduates.

Anastasia Parker

Anastasia, an OWBC Family Advocate in Leander, recently earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Huston-Tillotson University.

“Studying psychology has helped me tremendously as a Family Advocate. because I am able to look further than the surface in regards to handling each family.  Many of my parents are struggling with mental health, breakdown in family structures, routines, etc., and I am able to approach them using different strategies to help them achieve their personal and parenting goals. My career goals are to strengthen families structures, educating them on self sufficiency skills (things not taught in schools), and making sure they develop confidence in themselves.” 

Dora Beltran

Dora, a Pre-K Teacher in Round Rock, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University after working as an online student for 6 1/2 years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Child Development and Family Living, with a minor in Family and Consumer Science.

“This degree opened many other doors for me, but I really enjoy working with my pre-K children. My Head Start family has been a blessing to me, and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.”

Charleen Aldaya

Charleen, an OWBC Instructional Coach in Georgetown, earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Texas State University.

“I plan to use this degree as a way to increase my knowledge and grow in the child care field.  At this time with the COVID-19, I am not entirely sure what that looks like, but I have already started with a class and becoming a Texas child care health consultant. “

Again, congratulations to all of our incredible staff that have earned their degree while working at the agency. OWBC celebrates you and your achievements!