Education is an important part of Barbara Adams’ life. Earlier in her life, Barbara wanted to be a hair stylist. She earned a cosmetology certificate from West Kentucky Vocational School and worked in a salon for eight years.
During this time, Barbara got involved at her daughter’s school and was offered a job at McNabb Elementary as a substitute teacher. A spark was lit! Barbara knew then she was going to make a change. She began her journey to her dream job – teaching.
In 2001, Barbara decided to come back college and to earn a certificate in childhood development. She continued to work in the school system as a teacher’s assistant at Paducah Head Start. But she didn’t stop there.
Encouragement from the preschool director brought Barbara back to West Kentucky Community and Technical College in 2011 to continue her education and earn a degree. Barbara is now working toward a certificate in early childhood education. Her next goal is to earn an associate degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education.
In addition to her studies, Barbara loves representing WKCTC as a Student Ambassador. She works to help others on campus and in the community.
For instance, Barbara tells the children at Paducah Head Start that they can work hard and get a college education. “I tell them that I have homework just like them, and I encourage them and their parents to go to college in the future.”
Barbara was born legally blind, but has never let that stop her from living life. “I always live by my mother's advice; don't concentrate on your disability, you must concentrate on your abilities. And that’s what I continue to do.”