Corsicana native Margaret Moreno has found her niche at Navarro College. While she was once a student at Navarro, she is now the admissions specialist/diversity outreach recruiter.

Moreno is a 2001 Corsicana High School graduate, 2003 Navarro College graduate, and 2006 Sam Houston State University graduate, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations.

She was interning with the San Antonio Housing Authority in corporate relations, when she was recruited by Navarro for the job she currently holds.

Except for occasional visits home, Moreno was quite content with life in Huntsville and then in San Antonio. However, a family member became ill at about the same time she was offered a position at Navarro — a “God intervention,” according to Moreno.

The youngest of two daughters born to Paul and Maria Moreno, both Margaret and older sister Paula, received An Open Door to Success Scholarship at Navarro College, which is for first-generation college students, and Margaret received a Caston Scholarship which helped financially as well.

It was while working at Russell Stover that she observed several Hispanic women who had “hard, hard work” to do, which made a tremendous impact on her life.

“These ladies spoke Spanish while working their jobs, and I learned so much.” Moreno said. “I want to show young Hispanic women that they have other choices (through education). I have a drive to work toward Hispanic students.”

That enthusiasm is evident with her job at Navarro as it involves a lot of hand-on work with students — not just with Hispanic students, but all students.

“This is what it’s about — being able to joke with them, talk to them, make an impression on them and tell them there is something other than the easy way out,” Moreno said.

Moreno may not be through with college life for herself. She has future plans to pursue her master’s degree, possibly high school counseling or psychology.

“What I enjoy most about my job is getting to give back to the students,” Moreno said. “I see myself in a lot of students.”

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Camille McClanahan may be reached by e-mail at camille@corsicanadailysun.com

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