Sheri Perez-Segura graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences, focusing on early childhood and adolescent studies. The single mom of four is now a parent educator with York School District in York, S.C.
Perez-Segura has overcome a family background that includes addiction and abuse. She quit school at age 13. For two years, she received no formal education. Then she attended a private school and worked to pay her fees, but the challenge of a job, school, and caring for her younger siblings proved insurmountable at such a young age.
Perez-Segura resumed her education as an adult and earned her GED at age 35. “I teach my kids that you have to work for what you want and that education is the key to living out your dream,” she says. Read an interview with Perez-Segura at Charlotte Five.