Fraternal twins Keyara and Teyara Watson-Love, from Houston’s Fifth Ward, recently made history by graduating together with master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Lamar University.
Only around 3% of African American women are involved in this profession, and the sisters are grateful for their success to their parents, Michael and Sarah, who instilled the importance of education in them from an early age.
Keyara and Teyara graduated from E.L. Furr High School with the highest honors and were in the top 10 percent of their class. They earned their Bachelor of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders of Oral Health, with Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude honors, from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.
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The twins participated in various extracurricular activities, including organizations focused on speech and hearing sciences. They were a part of many different organizations such as CAID and SOCS which are geared toward speech and hearing sciences.
Keyara and Teyara chose to study Speech-Language Pathology because they are passionate about serving their communities and helping others, as they watched their grandmother, Ruth Watson, do throughout her life. They comment, “As little girls, we watched our grandmother Ruth Watson help so many people throughout their lives. She had a very big heart and she never hesitated to give anyone a helping hand whenever she could.”
The twins take their faith in God seriously and believe it has helped them achieve their goals. Both Keyara and Teyara now have successful careers working in nursing homes, serving patients with speech, language, cognition, and swallowing difficulties. They hope to follow in their grandmother’s footsteps and be a helping hand to those in need.