My name is Don and I’m proud to be a resident at Bristol Park at Eagle Mountain. I have lived in the community since January of 2020 and my favorite things to do here are exercise, walking and starting warm conversations with others. Prior to my retirement years, I lived in Saginaw, Texas and I was a Sociology and Psychology professor for over 30 years.
After serving in the military, it was my honor and privilege to enroll in the Lamar School of Technology. I was eager to earn my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and did so in under three years. My motivation for moving that quickly was that I was ready to make an impact on others through teaching. After receiving my degree, I was incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to teach Introduction to Sociology at Texas Southern University.
Shortly after my time at Texas Southern University, I moved to Fort Worth, Texas because the area was interested in community development, so I felt that its mission aligned closely with that of my own. Here, I was given the opportunity to be the Executive Director of a community-based corrections program. This program took former convicts and provided them with counseling, education and other resources to help set them up for success. Our understanding was that if you are going to transform communities, you must take the entire community into consideration and that transformation starts with citizens.
After my time at the corrections program, I moved on to become a Sociology and Psychology professor at Tarrant County College for 33 years.
In life, people will often ask you about your work experience and what educational degrees you have. In my life, I learned firsthand that it is not the number of pieces of paper you have on the wall that matters. It’s how many people you have helped in what you have to offer.
I will leave you with scripture that I have based much of my life upon.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38