• Courtesy photo by Kristen Pegues
    Dayna Smith poses with her new course catalog at the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock during a visit for academic advising last fall. At the age of 51 she decided to go back to school to get her Bachelors Degree from Texas Tech and, after completing her first semester, she made the President’s List.

Local lady makes President’s List at Texas Tech

At the age of 51, Dayna Smith decided to go back to school to get her Bachelors Degree from Texas Tech and, after completing her first semester, she made the President’s List. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average at the end of the semester, be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours, and be in good academic standing. 

Smith made the decision to return to college through Texas Tech University’s distance education program to complete her Bachelor of Human Sciences degree. She is also enrolled for summer classes, as well as Fall 2016 classes. She also works full time. 

Smith is the daughter of longtime PK residents Nancy and Davy Taylor. She graduated from Graford High School in 1983 and completed one semester of college classes before life took her in another direction. 

“We are so proud of Dayna,” said Kristen Pegues, Smith’s best friend who is also caregiver to Dayna’s mother. “She’s always had a passion for working with and helping kids.

“She worked at HF Stevens Middle School in Crowley with the special education program for almost 10 years beginning in the late 1990s. After that she worked at the National Cutting Horse Association where she eventually took the Youth Director position. 

“Since 2014 Dayna has been at Graford Elementary as a paraeducator with the special education program. Her plan is to become a certified teacher and then complete certification to work with visually impaired kids.” 

Article contributed by Kristen Pegues

 

 

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