Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Criminal Justice teacher and COCISD police supervisor Lieutenant Lydia Richard takes the importance of post-secondary education seriously.
From the beginning of the school year, Richard, who also teaches an RTI College Readiness class, challenged the seniors in her classes to meet the requirements and apply to a college or university of their choice. Now, 22 of the 27 seniors in her classes have already applied and been accepted to colleges and universities across the nation.
With a bachelor's and two master degrees herself, Richard said she believes in the power of education for students.
“Having a strong background in education, I have always stood behind the idea that higher education is paramount in building their self-esteem and the likelihood of great success in the working world,” said Richard. “I have never been more proud of these students and their hard work, self-motivation, and dedication to keep going.”
On April 12th, the students were given purple shirts with the word “ACCEPTED” typed in bold, college-style font, and they posed together for a photo to mark the beginning of a rewarding journey from Coldspring-Oakhurst High School to their respective colleges and universities.
“I wanted them to have physical representation of what they have accomplished this year, and their smiles say it all," said Richard.