Friday, February 16th 2018

KC’s Mary Hawley named state’s Support Specialist of the Year

Kilgore College’s Mary Hawley was recently named Support Specialist of the Year by the Texas Association of Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE).

Hawley, a support specialist for the KC Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program since 2010, was recognized at the association’s annual conference Feb. 1-3 in Austin.

This is the second year in a row a KC employee has won the award with Betsy Rodriguez, AEL support specialist, earning the same distinction last year.

Hawley was nominated for the award by Latasha Goodwyn, KC’s AEL program director.

“Mary is so deserving of this honor. There are at least 66 programs across the state that have at least one administrative assistant. She has built a relationship with the students that is unsurpassed.  She's a mother, a friend and a mentor to the students who enter the program. She does so much more than perform the administrative duties that are listed on the job description,” Goodwyn said.  “Without a conscious effort, she is the personification of what TALAE represents.”

The TALAE was formed in 1968 as the Texas Association for Continuing Adult Education with the purpose of providing professional development, networking and statewide recognition to adult education programs in Texas.

The KC AEL program offers a full range of free services to help adults improve their lives including ESL, basic literacy skills, exam preparation, GED, Integrated Education/Training and Intensive College Readiness preparation.

Day and evening classes are offered at 26 locations.

For more information on the AEL program at KC visit