Meet scholarship recipient Sarah Roberts and her three children: Daniel, Joshua, and Brookelyn. Sarah is pursuing a degree in Education at NorthArk in Harrison. We asked Sarah to tell us more about her journey as an SPSF NWA Scholar.
What made you decide to go back to school/go to school for the first time?
I decided to go back to school to be able to better provide for my children and to have a steady income after I graduate. I decided to go to school to be a teacher because I’m currently a substitute teacher and I love the bond I have with the children and being able to make a difference in their lives.
Tell us about your kids.
I am blessed to be a mother to three amazing children who I love dearly.
Daniel is 17 and a senior at Huntsville High School.
Joshua is 14 and an 8th grader at Huntsville Middle School.
Brookelynn is 12 and a 6th grader at Huntsville Middle school.
Favorite parenting moment thus far?
I have had a favorite unique parenting moment with each of my kids. With Daniel—my favorite moment was when he made Honor Roll in 4th grade. After such a long, hard struggle to get his ADHD and self-control under control—it was a huge moment.
My favorite moment with Joshua was when he potty trained himself after his sister was born. That was a huge moment for us, as we had struggled with it for so long.
Brookelyn is deaf—like me. The day she had her Cochlear Implant turned on and she heard for the first time—it was such a moving moment!
What is something you wish someone had told you before you had kids?
I wish someone had told me how much it hurt to see your own kids hurt and how hard it was to watch them go down a path you can’t control. Watching them struggle and not be able to do anything is gut wrenching.
What has been your biggest challenge in life?
By far, my biggest challenge was going through 6th through 12th grade with no sign language interpreter to help me understand my teachers. Becoming a single mother and then facing my Cochlear Implant surgery was also a major challenge. By the grace of God—he saw me through it all.
What do your kids want to do when they grow up?
Daniel would like to be in the Navy and be a Military Police officer.
Joshua would also like to be in law enforcement.
Brookelynn wants to be a social worker and help those in need.
What is one word that sums you up?
Spontaneous!! Life is an adventure—so let’s make the best of it!
What is your idea of a great weekend?
My idea of a great weekend is being able to spend time with my family having fun and finding new things to do. We love going to the Rogers pool, trying out new amusement parks, going to the movies, and camping.
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has greatly impacted my life by being supportive and encouraging in my time of worry.
How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
Life will change drastically! I will be able to work a steady job and be financially secure. I will be able to provide for my kids and love my career in the process.
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
I would like to thank the SPSF NWA supporters for all of their time, dedication, love, and support that they dedicate to recipients. It is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed. It is life changing for all of us!