Sophilia McTyre


Hometown: Jefferson, Texas 

Education Background: Associate of Arts (Kilgore College), Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (University of North Texas), Master of Science in Higher Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration (Texas A&M University at Commerce)

Why did you decide to work for TRIO?

My time in TRIO started the Spring semester of my senior year in high school. Ms. Marilyn Richardson of the East Texas Educational Opportunity Center (ETEOC) visited my high school to assist me in filling out this "form" that would help me pay for college and I was sold. Free money? Sign me up! After completing my paper, YES PAPER, FAFSA and admissions application to Kilgore College-the rest is history. 

I am a proud TRIO alumna of the Student Support Services program at Kilgore College and humbled to be selected as a 2016 TRIO TASSSP Acheiver. I owe all my successes to my TRIO family. This organization has assisted not only me, but my younger siblings in completing post-secondary education and has single-handedly been a life changer for all of us. I am honored that I have the chance to serve students and give back to such an amazing program. I am truly a living testimony that #TRIOWORKS. 

What is your favorite thing about working with students?

Each day is a new journey with my students and I enjoy every single moment, especially the joys and excitements from seniors receiving admissions letters and scholarships. This moment allows them to truly understand that they are one step closer to accomplishing their goals. 

I currently serve middle and high school students enrolled in the Gainesville ISD. Click here to view the GISD Talent Search site. 

Personal Fun Fact:

I am the second oldest of eight children-six brothers and one sister.