Nolan Ryan Scholars meet Dr. Christine Nix
Scholars at Nolan Ryan Junior High concluded Black History Month with an insightful visit of living history - Dr. Christine Nix. During a time when women, and more specifically black women, were not accepted in a career dominated by men, Dr. Nix was creating a legacy. Known for being the first and only black female to ever be promoted to Texas Ranger in the history of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dr. Nix shared her adversities and her triumphs with students.
She spoke to the 6th grade and the 7-8th grade MAP scholars;to express the importance of what making good decisions and how behaviors of today can help pave a future of success. Students engaged with questions they had previously prepared. Dr. Nix offered a noteworthy response to the question, asked by a 6th grade scholar, of how do you deal with discrimination; "You deal with discrimination by being better than the person who is discriminating against you".
Considered a trailblazer in her time, Dr. Nix is now retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety after serving more than 20 years, from 1984 to 2004. She served as Texas Ranger from 1994 to 2004 and specialized in Forensic Hypnosis. During that time she was stationed with company F in Waco, TX. Prior to her legacy career in DPS, she served as a police officer for the City of Temple. She is also a US Veteran, having served in the US Army Reserves for 23 years. Today, Dr. Nix is the Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Alvin ISD Officer Garrett, a long time friend of Dr. Nix, helped make this opportunity special for the student of Nolan Ryan Junior High.