http://www.wgu.edu/Tracy – Tracy Anderson, of Petersburg, Virginia, was a para-educator for more than 16 years before earning her bachelor’s degree in special education from Western Governors University. She had always planned to go to college but life soon got in the way and her dream was put on hold. Several years later, as a single mother and caretaker for three elderly family members, she decided to return to school to fulfill her dream. She chose WGU because it allowed her to use her work experience in her schoolwork. Three days after graduating from WGU Tracy was hired as an eighth-grade special education teacher. She is continuing her education at WGU and started the Master’s in Learning and Technology program this January. Tracy shared her story as a graduate speaker at WGU’s Winter 2014 Commencement at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center on February 8, 2014.