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Woman of Wilson: Beth Goolesby

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Beth Goolesby credited her mother and mother-in-law with instilling in her the value of putting your children's needs before your own.

For Goolesby, this includes her four adopted children, as well as the many special needs children who are served through Empower Me Day Camp, where she is assistant director. She truly has a heart for others.

Goolesby originally hails from Illinois, and spent some time in Texas, before her family finally settled in Wilson County in 1989.

She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1995 and next attended Cumberland University. She graduated from CU in 2000 with an undergraduate degree in elementary education.

While teaching at the Wilson County Alternative School, she obtained her masters and EDS degree from Tennessee Technological University.

Her involvement with Empower Me dates back to 2001 when she met Director Michelle Hill through the Wilson County Junior Chamber of Commerce. Hill asked her to work at their summer camp.

"I was previously a teacher in Wilson County at MAP Academy, and I was the alternative school director for the Lebanon Special School District until 2015 when I came on full-time with Empower Me Center," she explained.

"Currently my role is to fundraise for our new facility that we are building very soon. I also work to spread our message to the community about how amazing our participants with disabilities bring to our lives. Once the facility is built I will transition into the adult program director."

Simultaneously, Goolesby is beginning another position as head of children's ministry at Fairview Church.

"My husband and I have been members there for a few years and really love the support and community we have found there," she said.

The women she most admires are her mother, Betty Winslow, and her mother-in-law, Patricia Goolesby.

"I now can see the sacrifices that motherhood requires, to always put your children and their needs ahead of your own, and how precious the time with your children really is," she said. "They were also great role models on long-lasting marriages and what it looks like to be faithful Christians."

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