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Dr. Clint Feagin & Amanda Self Feagin, Veterinarian & Teacher

Dr. Clint and Amanda Feagin

Dr. Clint Feagin & Amanda Self Feagin

Seven years ago if you asked Clint Feagin and Amanda Self what the Farmersville natives wanted to be when they grew up, Clint would have said he definitely wanted be an expert in his field and Amanda would have told you she was undecided. Today, after earning their degrees, the high school sweethearts are married and have grown into a veterinarian and a teacher.

Former Collin County Community College District students, Clint is one of three veterinary doctors practicing at Quitman Animal Clinic in Quitman, Texas, and Amanda is a kindergarten teacher at Winnsboro Elementary School in Winnsboro, Texas. This couple can testify that education transforms lives.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Amanda thought Collin County Community College suited her perfectly.

“I chose to go to Collin because I wanted to stay close to home. I have always thought that Collin was a respectable college. I do not think I would have been as successful going to Texas A&M University if I had not started at Collin,” said Amanda who graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University. “People underestimate Collin. I enjoyed going there, and I felt ready to go on to A&M.”

Environment is very important to Amanda as a student and as a teacher. One of her first professors at Collin County Community College, Scott Yarbrough, helped Amanda feel comfortable at college.

“I loved him to death. He let us be creative with writing, and he made the class feel warm and welcome. Professor Yarbrough made me see that learning could be fun,” Amanda said.

Today, Amanda has come full circle and tries to return the favor to her students, like the little boy in her class who asked her day after day when it was time to go home. Now, he is thriving in the school environment and, like his teacher, says school is fun.

According to Clint, a college education is invaluable. He says if you put your mind to it, you can do it. Considering the fact that Clint was accepted to Texas A&M University’s veterinary school on the first application and graduated magna cum laude, there is no question as to whether or not he put his mind to it.

Clint started at Collin the summer after he graduated from high school. He took speech, English and all of his mathematics classes at the college and took his upper-level pre-veterinary classes at Texas A&M University-Commerce. “The atmosphere and the facilities are very nice at Collin, and the classes were well taught. I believe you get as much out of a class as you put in. I had high aspirations, so I was diligent in my studies, and I got as much out of the classes as I needed and more. Just because Collin is not a four-year university doesn’t mean that you cannot get a good education there. They offer quality in a variety of different disciplines,” he said.

Both Clint and Amanda, who just moved into a custom home, are happy they took the time to get an education. They are even more pleased that they spend their working days at jobs they love. Looking back, Amanda says it is all worth it. “I could not be a teacher if I did not go to college. I see things differently than before I went to college. I think it is very important to become educated, and I love seeing the light bulb come on when the kindergarten students get it. I am never, ever bored. It is a lot of work, but I get to be a kid all day long. I thrive on it, and I am excited every morning to go to work.”