Debbie Armstrong (’11): Adult studies graduate with family legacy
September 15, 2011
At 55, Debbie Armstrong (’11) recently fulfilled her lifelong dream of graduating from Evangel University – proving to herself and her family that it’s never too late to go back to school.
Education has always been important for the Armstrong family. All three of Debbie’s daughters graduated from Evangel and have gone on to pursue careers in education. Each of her daughters highly recommended Evangel to Debbie and provided encouragement as she completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Her family was at her side as she received her degree on May 6.
Debbie’s first daughter to graduate from Evangel was Janine (Armstrong ’98 and ’06) Forrester, who first received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish and then earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Janine now serves as the principal at Watkins Elementary in Springfield, Missouri.
The second Armstrong family graduate was Julia Armstrong (’02), earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education. She was an active leader as a student at Evangel and has carried those leadership qualities into her career, being named the 2011-2012 Springfield Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Jennifer Armstrong (’08) followed in her sisters’ footsteps to become the third Armstrong college graduate, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Jennifer has spent many years in professional vocal recording and performance and is currently the Project Specialist for the Springfield R-12 School District.
Just as Debbie and her husband instilled a love for learning in their three daughters, Debbie also desired to complete her degree. Because she worked as the Support Systems Coordinator for the Church Multiplication Network at the Assemblies of God international headquarters, she did not think any college program would fit with her busy travel schedule. To her delight, however, Debbie discovered that Evangel’s Professional Studies program is flexible and designed for working adults like her.
“Being in the Professional Studies program has really broadened my horizons,” says Debbie. “I feel more confident in what I do and have used many of the tools in my career.”
All three daughters are proud of their mother for setting her mind on her educational goal and completing it. “I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Janine says.
“I don’t think a daughter could be more proud of her mom,” says Jennifer. “She has taught me so much over the years about setting your mind to a task and seeing it through. This is certainly no exception. She truly can do anything.”
All four women are passionate individuals, filling the roles in which God has placed them; and in the midst of all these accomplishments, Julia gives credit to her father’s role in their success. “Dad is the supportive, unsung hero of this all. He has put his faith and wallet into the amazing Evangel education that all four of the women in his life have received.”