Making a difference for herself and others
Friday, June 27, 2014
College was not an easy lift for Kimberly. She was raising two teenage kids with active schedules, and working full-time when she added higher education to the mix. Even before addressing the challenges of daily life during her time as a student, she overcame perhaps her biggest challenge, her fear of going back to school after graduating from high school so many years ago.
“I have done many things in my life, including factory work, fast food management, and truck driving,” says Kimberly Freytag-Shope. “I rebuilt my life by enrolling in college and beginning fresh. It was important for me to establish a new path for my children to follow,” she says.
She chose Brown Mackie College — Findlay for the unique class format, flexible schedule, and supportive faculty and staff. A long-time fascination with the law made the Associate of Applied Business in Paralegal program a natural choice. “I also based my decision on my ability to find employment after graduation. I looked for regular feedback to ensure that I was meeting the expectations of future employers,” she says.
Kimberly’s strong determination to succeed led her to volunteer for CASA/GAL of Hancock County in Findlay, Ohio. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a non-profit organization that provides volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.
Kimberly graduated in 2008, earning an Associate of Applied Business degree in Paralegal. She accepted full-time employment with CASA/GAL, and today serves as program manager. “I supervise volunteers who conduct independent investigation for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to determine what is in the best interest of a child,” says Kimberly. Additionally she reports program statistics to the organization’s funders.
Making a difference in the live of others is rewarding work for Kimberly. “I am proud of setting an example for individuals lost in the system. I enjoy having the ability to make a positive impact on students and families.”
She credits Brown Mackie College — Findlay for teaching her responsibility and vigilance. “The faculty and staff provided the support and education that I personally needed to succeed,” Kimberly says. “They taught me how to be confident in my profession.”
She fed her growing confidence during her time in school. Kimberly’s volunteer activities include work with CASA/GAL and Mingo Confederation of North America, membership on the Brown Mackie College — Findlay Advisory Council, and completion of the nine-month Hancock Leadership program.
“I recently completed my Master's Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice,” says Kimberly. “I plan on teaching at Brown Mackie College — Findlay someday to share the wealth that I have received.”
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