Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Louisville High School graduate Graduates Summa Cum Laude

On Friday, May 1, 2015, Anesha Coleman, a former resident of Louisville, MS, graduated from Everest College, Fort Worth, TX. She proudly received her certificate as a medical assistant as she graduated summa cum laude (the highest of the three degrees of praise). She later received her Certificate of Registration as a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant. Anesha is a single parent of three: T’kiyah (15), Amaru (12), and Jaylon Henley (10). She graduated from Louisville High School, May 1998 and moved to Fort Worth, TX April 2010.
Anesha wants to share her inspirational story to other single parents in her own words:

Through Christ, all things are possible. I never thought I would see the day that I would graduate from anywhere other than high school. I sought out on a journey five years ago with no plans or any idea of how I would survive on my own. I attended Tarrant County College for almost two years and never completed the program. My children needed me. Being a single mother is challenging but watching them grow is very rewarding. I worked as a CNA for 9 years to provide for my children before I received a phone call that would change my life. A voice on the other end of my phone invited me to tour Everest College. My thoughts were “Woman, I cannot afford to do this right now”, but, God, said, it was time!

I accepted the invitation on the 20th and on the 28th of January 2014, I started the Medical Assistant Program. The feeling was an overwhelming feeling. I felt as if I fitted right in. I cried on that first day because this was another journey in my life that I knew I was destined to finish. Throughout the ten months of classes, my children were my biggest supporters. They helped me with my homework, helped me learn my terminology and would awake me when I fell asleep while doing homework.

My family played a huge role in my schooling. My parents, my brother and sisters, my grandmothers
and so many more prayed for me. I received phone calls day after day cheering me on. I have to say a special thanks to one of my instructors, Ms. Shanna Fletcher. She saw something in me from the moment I stepped into her classroom. She pushed me to my limit by not letting me slack on anything. She gave me pep talks every day before and after class. She understood my struggle. She listened to me. In my third mod, I became an Ambassador which is a high honor. You have to have an outstanding personality; be willing to go above and beyond for other students; maintain a certain GPA and exhibit leadership skills. In my fifth mod, I was nominated Ambassador President. That was a role that proved that I have what it took. I had many responsibilities for my classmates and the school - along with doing my own work. Through it all, I maintained all A’s resulting in a 4.0 GPA. In November, I started my externship which was 8 weeks of educational training working in a doctor’s office. I finished my externship on December 1, 2014. Throughout the entire time, my family and Ms. Fletcher had my back. I was interviewed for a job with Physician Senior Services on January 9, 2015 and started work with them on January 12, 2015 as a mobile medical assistant. My job involves me traveling to different cities providing care for patients along with my doctor. This job is very rewarding and I feel appreciated as I gain so much experience.

On May 1, 2015, I graduated summa cum laude, Presidents list, President Ambassador with a job in my field. There were no words to explain my emotions the day of my graduation. All I could do was cry, “I made it - I did it.” My children got to see the rewards of my hard work – graduating with honors. My family was able to come from Louisville, MS to share that joyous occasion with me. If there is one piece of advice that I could share, I would say, “Do not be afraid to step out - know that through Christ all things are possible.”

Anesha Coleman is the daughter of Tommy and Barbara Eichelberger-Coleman, granddaughter of Bessie Coleman and Betsy Ann Eichelberger.