Kylie Phillips – Dreamer. Leader. Choctaw.

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Kylie Phillips – Dreamer. Leader. Choctaw.

Since childhood, Kylie Phillips has had the importance of education instilled in her. As a child she spent her days with her Nana while her mother went to college and then in the evenings, her Nana would attend college for her master’s degree. Because of their hard work and dedication, both of these women became some of Phillips’ biggest role models.

“I chose Connors State because my mom has worked here since I was very young and I have these fond memories of playing with all the toys in her office (Perks of a mom in child development!), making things for her classes, listening to her teach class and always thinking I want to come here so mom will be my teacher,” remembered Kylie.  “Now that I’m here I really enjoy the campus size and how helpful and welcoming the faculty and staff are.”

Kylie is currently a sophomore and is very active on campus. She is part of the Presidential Leadership Class, Native American Student Association, Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa.

“Connors has really given me a jump start on life.  I have made great connections here with the faculty, staff, students, and other members of the community and state that I never would have if I had gone anywhere else,” she said.

After graduation, Kylie plans to transfer to Northeastern State University to follow her dream of becoming a Speech Pathologist, hoping to one day work with small children displaying speech impediments or delays.

Kylie is the daughter of Kim and Ben Phillips, and has a younger sister, Shelby. Kim is the Title III Curriculum Specialist and Activity Director for Connors State. Ben works at the Cherokee Nation, and Shelby is currently a junior at Fort Gibson High School and is taking concurrent classes through Connors State.