By Ambition, Graduate Completes Next Leg In
Her Journey Of Becoming A Teacher
12, 1999 -- Many people have the drive to succeed,
but for Kimberly Elizabeth McKinney, the drive to earn a University
of Virginia degree has often meant a daily 150-mile trip and four-hour
commute from her Fauquier County home.
addition to being a full-time U.Va. student, McKinney, 33, has been
a full-time wife and mother to three children with their own jumble
of academic, athletic and work schedules. Family members gave McKinney
their full support, and on May 23 she'll earn a B.A. in psychology.
stayed at home with the children while they were young, but when
they entered grade school, she began working full-time as a bookkeeper.
After deciding to become a teacher, McKinney, with encouragement
from her family, enrolled as a full-time student at Lord Fairfax
at Lord Fairfax, she was elected Outstanding Graduate in recognition
of her 4.0 GPA and her efforts to rekindle the Phi Theta Kappa honor
society at the college. She was also chosen to represent the college's
Fauquier campus on the All-Virginia Academic Team, which won a medal
during the state competition. After earning her associate's degree,
McKinney applied to U.Va. and was accepted as a third-year transfer
wrestled with the logistics of continuing her education at U.Va.
She didn't feel she could ask her family to relocate because she
didn't want to uproot the children from their schools or disrupt
her husband's new business.
has encountered no roadblocks in her drive toward a U.Va. degree.
"I've learned that there are a lot of good people who care and support
you, and I've learned that when you make a decision to do something,
it can happen."
more information, contact Kimberly McKinney through May 21 at (540)
364-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857.