A special book for a special girl. As a youngster, author Sabrina Runyon, started her journey to become a doctor of education in a home where love was present, but not financial stability. One day, a friend brought a book to three year old Sabrina and she couldn’t wait for her mom to read it to her. She quickly memorized this single book and it was the only book she had until she went to school. This story reminds us not to take things for granted throughout our lives, and, it’s a story of achievement through hard work and perseverance.
Neither of Sabrina’s parents graduated from high school. Her dad, one of 17 children, quit school in the 10th grade to move to Michigan for work. Her mother, from a divorced family, had whole, half, and step-siblings. Raised by her father and step-mother, things were not good in her home. She quit school in the 12th grade.
One of 4 siblings, the author is the eldest. Her dad became a union coal miner when she was in second grade, but it was either feast or famine in Mingo County for the coal industry in the 70s to early 80s. The author worked three jobs and received financial aid to get her bachelor’s degree from Marshall University.