American Graduate Champion: Patricia V. Jones

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Patricia V. Jones! Patricia V. Jones is an elementary school counselor and single mother in Kyle, Texas. She supports her family and works while maintaining involvement with the Hays High School band. She was the first of her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Jones is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. “By turning her past obstacles into lessons, she gives her heart to kids who need her help. Whether it’s words of encouragement to send you to class, a bold statement to protect you from harm, no words at all to help you relax or a nice lunch in her room simply to make you smile, she will provide it. I have yet to meet someone who works this hard solely for the betterment of those around her. She teaches that, no matter how bleak a situation may seem, it can always be turned into an opportunity for doing good,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.