KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen ISD teacher Jennifer Boehmker will is already a teacher of the year, and she’ll soon add another degree to her list of accomplishments and one of her biggest fans will be right by her side—her father.
"I said, ‘wouldn't it be really cool if we could graduate together?’” says Boehmker.
Boehmker will receive a master’s degree in counseling Saturday from Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
"She's the first one in our whole lineage that's gotten a master's degree," says her father, Reese Davis, who will receive a hard-earned bachelor’s degree during the same ceremony.
“I've been slowly but surely getting a four-year degree (for) I think it's been 33 years,” Davis said.
But with a push from his daughter, he's now crossing the finish line.
“I'll probably be crying a little bit; there will be some tears shed. I'm very proud of her.”
Boehmker has wanted to help her students at Willow Springs Elementary more and will soon have the credentials to teach students life lessons such as how to combat bullying and to work with parents and teachers on other issues.
“Jennifer is such a wonderful, insightful student. It's just been a wonderful experience to have her in the program,” says assistant professor of counseling Levy McClendon.
Davis has been an officer with the Killeen Police Department for more than thirty years.
Davis has trained in several programs, including the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., rising to the rank of commander with only a few college courses under his belt.