Daisy Woods

Daisy Woods

Professional Mentor

Daisy Woods was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. Her parents worked hard to break the cycle of poverty they grew up in so their children could experience a better life. Daisy received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 1989. She earned her master’s degree from Nova South Eastern University in 2008. She loves education, so teaching was a natural option for her as a career choice. An AIDS related tragedy struck her family in the early 90’s. This spurred her to pivot and make a career change. Daisy became the Program Services Coordinator for Tyler AIDS Services and worked with families experiencing the full impact of the AIDS epidemic. It was difficult to watch children suffer as their parents were ravaged by the disease. Daisy worked with families to support them during their struggles and designed outings that families could enjoy together. Daisy went back to the classroom after a time and worked in Title I schools with vulnerable youth. Daisy wrote grants as a teacher to bring programs into schools that would expose students to new opportunities and experiences. Some examples include an on-campus Comic-con, a museum exhibit which highlighted the cultural connections between Africa and Latin America, and speakers from universities. Daisy’s goal is to help others break the bonds of poverty that her grandparents could not shake. She credits the determination of her parents to provide a better life for her as inspiration for the work she wants to do with the youth of Austin.

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