Dr. Crystal Maree Beshears enrolled at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center in 1995 when she was 17 years old. “I was a student at Northside High School at the time. I began classes and enrolled my daughter into the daycare at Adult Ed.
I earned my GED in October of what would have been my senior year in high
school and began college at Westark Community College in January.”
Dr. Beshears earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Arkansas in 2012. She has worked as a high school Social Studies teacher for Lincoln Schools in Arkansas. “I had a heart for working with teens due to my
experiences as a teen.” Beshears has worked as an Instructional Coach at
the district, state, and national levels. Dr. Beshears also served as
Senior Program Specialist for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
in 2012/2013 in Arkansas.
“There were a lot of great teachers at the Adult Education Center and my family supported me. At one time I felt embarrassed with having earned a GED. When I began graduate school, I was concerned that if people knew I was a teenage mom and had to get my GED that it would hinder me as I moved forward in my career.
Eventually, I decided that I would let me skills, ability, and personality speak for itself. I feel an obligation to share my story and let other people know that anything is possible. There were a lot of great teachers at the Adult Education Center and my family supported me.”
Dr. Beshears, the teachers and staff at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center congratulate you for all of your accomplishments. Your story is inspiring!