Congratulations to Michelle Bigley of Oak Forest! Bigley earned an associate’s degree in applied science-early childhood in December 2018 with a loud and proud 4.0 GPA. Bigley has set the bar very high for her children, colleagues and students, wouldn’t you say, neighbors?
Bigley will graduate on May 11 at NRG Stadium with fellow fall 2018 and spring 2019 graduates from Houston Community College. Not only was she busy working all day and learning in the evenings, trying to squeeze in cheering at daughter Amber’s Roses events when she was at Waltrip High School and daughter Ashlyn’s and son Cody’s tennis events, Bigley found time to volunteer and focus on leadership as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Community Services Chairperson for three semesters, Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Bigley is continuing her education by transferring to University of Houston-Downtown to obtain her bachelor of applied arts and sciences-early childhood and family strengths degree.
Currently a teaching assistant in the skills for learning and living class at Waltrip, where she has worked since September 2008, Bigley plans to obtain her teaching certification through an ACP Program and will teach pre-K3 through second grade when she finishes her bachelor’s degree.
Husband Cliff said, “My wife is amazing! She has definitely shown our six children and three granddaughters that you are never too old or young to follow your dreams and better yourself. She works full-time and has gone to school in the evenings. I help out as much as possible with the kids, dinner and the house so she can concentrate on her studies.”
The kids and grandkids are Jacob Bigley and wife Nora; Amber Bauman, husband Nathan and daughters Addison and Olivia; Brittani Bigley, fiance Robert Brown and daughter Mariah; Amber and husband Eder Zavala, Ashlyn Shumate, a senior at Waltrip, and Cody Shumate, a junior at Waltrip.
Daughter Ashlyn said, “My mother has inspired me to get an education prior to starting a family so I don’t have to struggle as much as she has, even though she has rocked it. She never complains.” Son Cody said, “My mom is the BEST!” Daughter Amber, currently working full-time at a veterinarian’s office and attending Ashworth College in pursuit of a vet tech degree, said, “I think my mom has shown us dedication and perseverance. I think it is a major accomplishment to work full-time, raise my siblings and myself and maintain a 4.0 GPA. My mom is definitely the best role model we could have ever asked for.”
Bigley’s mother, Joan Clark, and her mother-in-law, Betty Taite, are extremely proud as are her siblings because Bigley will be the first in her family to earn a college degree.
The Bigley family has yet another reason to celebrate: Michelle and Cliff Bigley will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Happy anniversary, Michelle and Cliff!
Girl Scouts Alice Waters, Sophia Malone and Abby O’Guynn of Troop 24987 earned their Cadette Silver Award by building a wheelchair-accessible picnic table and benches for the residents of Fairbanks Court Assisted Living, 7810 Trentway St. The Scouts met several times over six months with Garden Oaks resident David Gober, owner and director of Fairbanks Court Assisted Living, who enlightened the girls regarding the needs of the residents. Instrumental in the project was Kelly O’Guynn, who taught the girls to measure twice and cut once.