We had the pleasure of meeting our next guest, Deavon Smith-Collins, in her cozy home in North Little Rock. Growing up, it was just her and her mom, and her grandparents in a small town in Arkansas. As her mom worked hard to provide for her, they moved around quite a bit, and Deavon attended Christian schools in Little Rock and Fayetteville. While she learned a lot in these schools, she also realized there was a lot that needed to be unlearned, and she strives to be the kind of adult that she wished she had in her life growing up. Some of her biggest heroes were teachers, and now she finds herself in the same profession as an art teacher in a local school for the last few years.
During our conversation, Deavon opened up about her experience of being sexually assaulted in college. She shared that she only recently began to unpack and come to grips with the impact it had on her and her family. It has been a difficult journey, but she hopes that by coming out and sharing her story, she can inspire others to have the courage to speak out as well. It's an interesting time in Deavon's life, as she and her mom are facing new challenges. Her mother is returning home to take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, and Deavon is leaving Little Rock soon to follow her heart and chase love.
Deavon also shared that the hardest part of her journey has been saying goodbye to her fourth-grade students, who welcomed her as their art teacher since kindergarten. Saying goodbye to them was the most painful part of her journey so far. Join us on The Jar as Deavon navigates through her story and shares her experiences, hopes, and dreams.
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