Kristia Lloyd has been balancing the responsibilities of being a student and a parent to a young son with working part-time so she can support her family. She has overcome adversity in order to graduate on time and has been preparing herself for a career in nursing.
Lloyd missed two months of high school but took online courses to make up for her credits. Last school year, she had straight A’s, though academics have been tougher this year as she’s had to support herself and her child after her partner lost his job.
She’ll be the only one of her three siblings to graduate from high school, and says it feels good to know she could push herself through obstacles.
“She has learned from her mistakes and the mistakes of others, and tries to help others not make those same mistakes,” said Cindy Lippert, office manager at Henderson Bay High School. “She is taking responsibility for herself, her son and her future.”
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To help achieve her goal of a nursing career, this year Lloyd has been attending West Sound Technology Center. She expects to be a certified nursing assistant when she graduates.
“She is a hard worker,” said Henderson Bay social studies and core teacher Greg Brashear. “She is very mature for her age and does not compromise on her morals.”
Described as an exceptional mother and a caring, compassionate individual, Lloyd has found time to volunteer despite her busy schedule. She says she doesn’t truly get any personal time until after she puts her son to bed at 8 p.m.
“I’m constantly doing something,” she said. “It’s not as easy as I make it look.”
Lloyd said her motivation comes from her desire to be the best mother she can be.
“I want to give my son everything I didn’t get as a child, like being able to travel,” she said.
Lloyd’s younger brother had medical issues and growing up around that experience has inspired her, in part, to become a nurse. She hopes to work in neonatal care.
“I care about people a lot and I love babies,” she said. “I want to help them through a tough time in their lives.”
She hopes to work as a certified nursing assistant after she graduates from high school. Lloyd also plans to attend either Tacoma Community College or Olympic College and then pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing.