Alumni Spotlight: Kristy Grimes

Alumni Spotlight: Kristy Grimes


Kristy Grimes


She received her Associate’s degree from Navarro College. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce and her Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. She currently teaches fourth grade at a Title I School in the southern sector of Dallas where she is also the Department Head for the grade level.


“I came to Navarro due to the affordability and convenience. At the time, I had recently become a divorced mother of two small children, ages 8 and 18 months. I knew I needed to further my education and career so I looked into attending Navarro College. The convenience of the proximity of travel from Ennis (my hometown), the costs, and smaller classes to personalize instruction was a major factor since it had been over 5 years since I graduated high school.

It gave me the foundation to better understand how college life was and it allows opportunities for others to be a part of the organizations offered in a smaller setting.

The memories I experienced at Navarro College were the small organizations that were open to all. The professors were approachable and helpful too!

During my time at Navarro College, I went through some hardships, I was recently separated/divorced and unemployed. Thankfully, my  parents supervised my children while I was attending class.

I highly encourage students to attend a community college first. It will allow an individual to understand the college setting to see if it will fit with their needs before they pursue higher institutions. Thank you Navarro College for instilling in me hard work pays off!”


I am an educator at DeSoto ISD where I am currently a fourth-grade teacher and Department Chair for my grade level. I will further pursue additional education by enrolling at Lamar University for Educational Leadership to earn principal certification in the Fall of 2019.


“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama

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