Mother and son receive college degrees together


When students go away to college, some parents may feel a disconnect, but Anita Peak saw it as an opportunity to grow closer. 

“We graduated from Emporia State together,” said Peak. “He got his bachelors, and I got my masters.” 

Peak is a USD 259 teacher for 25 years. She first received her bachelors degree in the 80’s but decided she wanted to do more for her students and while experiencing college with her son. 

“I want to be the best teacher that I can be for my kids; entering my masters I took in 60 graduate hours,” she explained. “And when Cameron and I figured out we could graduate together, we just went for it.” 

Peak dove deeper into her passion for teaching and her son grew to have similar ambitions. 

“I wanted to follow in her footsteps,” said Cameron. “She’s always caring and going the extra mile with students and people in general.”

Cameron recalled conversations with his mother about failure and what it means to never give up. He tells KSN those thoughts resonated with him throughout his high school and college career. 

“My mom has always been a huge support for me,” said Cameron. “If we got stuck on a homework assignment or needed to trade a lesson plan, we could bounce ideas off each other to make it go better.” 

Peak says having the opportunity to support each other through college courses helped to strengthen their bond. 

“We’ve always had this close knit relationship so being able to take that close knit relationship and still continue through our education was exciting.” 

Cameron tells KSN he is now eagerly looking for his first teaching job and his mother is now able to help more students after her earning her masters degree in higher education. 

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