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Three Generations of Education

Wesleigh with her grandma and mom
Wesleigh with her grandmother and mother

Many high school students might feel at home when they visit TCU, but for Wesleigh Whitehead, that feeling is especially strong. The Early Childhood Education junior is the fourth in her family to attend TCU and the third to major in education.

Whitehead’s grandmother Linda Cooley Boyd earned a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1966, and her mother, Kim Boyd Whitehead, earned a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1991. Her aunt, Kristi Boyd Goldenberg, attended TCU from 1990-1991, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994. Wesleigh will receive her undergraduate degree in 2019. All four were members of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Wesleigh is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, the Mortar Board honor society, the Order of Omega leadership honor society, and was placed on the TCU Dean’s List for the 2017 fall semester.

“I’ve always been a Horned Frog,” Whitehead said. “It felt like home before I stepped on campus as a freshman.”

Whitehead grew up in Dallas and often visited her grandmother’s classroom, where she loved to help grade papers. After graduating from TCU, her grandmother earned her master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and taught for 28 years in Abilene. Her mother earned her master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University as well, and taught in Coppell until Wesleigh was born. Wesleigh saw the benefits of teaching skills like communication, patience and organization in their personal lives.

Wesleigh with her aunt, grandma and mom
Wesleigh with her aunt, grandmother and mother

Now Whitehead has the opportunity to plan lessons and make reading selections, taking input and suggestions from her family. She has seen and heard about many changes over the years at TCU, however her family agrees that the core and the value of the education program has stayed the same.

“Teaching is integral because it touches every field,” Whitehead said. “Before enrolling at TCU, I saw the university through the eyes of my mom and grandmother. I fell in love with the education program here and as I approach my senior year, I love that my mom and grandmother are now able to see TCU through my eyes.”

Whitehead was recently accepted in TCU’s accelerated master’s program in Curriculum Instruction with a specialization in Language and Literacy. She looks forward to pursuing her graduate degree at TCU and hopes to teach in Dallas.

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