Stephanie Ghantous, M.A. and Delina “Lora” Moore are two students of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati who are already making a difference in the lives of their communities. These women have truly succeeded in their studies at UC and are both graduating this semester despite facing hardship and adversity.
Ghantous was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as a child. Her doctors told her and her adoptive parents that the possibility of success in all areas for her was minimal. Then in high school, she was diagnosed with a learning disability in math. Ghantous wondered what her future career would look like since she struggled in that subject so much. Finally, when she took a Psychology class in high school, she found an area of study that she loved. Her counselors in school suggested that she pursue School Psychology because Ghantous loved the mixture of Education and Psychology. She took that suggestion and ran with it. She attended UC and worked as a T.A. and research assistant, and has graduated twice so far, despite another major blow: her mother passing away. Ghantous didn’t let even that slow her down, though.
Since attending college, Ghantous has received a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in School Psychology and is currently finishing up her studies as an Education Specialist in School Psychology, all in UC’s CECH. She says that her proudest moment in her educational career is “being able to show my parents and family that all of their hard work paid off.” She continues, “My mom, who unfortunately passed away last year after a battle with cancer, used to tell me stories of the hours she would spend teaching me letters and sounds when I was a toddler. Then as I got older, my Dad spent hours with me reviewing multiplication facts and tables, only for me to forget them the next day because my brain doesn’t process information that way. It’s rewarding to know that the hours and frustration put into my success has reached its ultimate level of payoff.”