Becky Reber WashingtonWoman of Distinction 2004-2005
Rebecca Reber Washington May 2, 1947-September 6, 2004
Becky's life was rich in Baptist heritage. She spent her teenage years on the mission field in China with her missionary parents, Sid and Alwilda Reber. While attending Baylor, she met her husband, Randall Washington, who played football at Baylor. Becky and Randall's two daughters also graduated from Baylor - Wendi Washington Singletary, who is married to a Baylor graduate, Dr. Jon Singletary (an Assistant Professor at Baylor University School of Social Work) and Whitney Washington Hillestad, who is married to Ted Hillestad. Her grandsons Haden and Harper Singletary were a delight in her life.
Becky attended Baylor University, The University of North Texas and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her Masters Degree in Autism/Emotional Disturbance degree from North Texas University. Becky completed post graduate studies at California State University, Santa Ana College, the University of London Institute of Educations and the University of North Carolina.
Her professional associations and honors included the Association of Texas Professional Educators, Autism Society of Collin County, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Educational Training Trips abroad to China and Japan, Special Recognition from Dallas Japanese Association, Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year , Piano I.S.D. Teacher of the Year and Shepard Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Becky spent her entire adult life sharing her love for Baylor with many people. Randall's career took them around the globe and Becky was an ambassador for Baylor everywhere she lived...from Indonesia to Alaska...from California to England...and back to Texas. She and Randall worked with student ministries and young married ministries in every church they attended. They mentored many young people through the years.
Becky had great passion for everything she did. But her greatest passion (aside from her family) was in the field of education, where she specialized in teaching children with autism for the past 14 years. Her work with autistic children and their families was invaluable to the Dallas community.
Becky's experience with specific expertise in the areas of teaching children with autism, emotional, behavioral and communication disorders gave her insight, strategies and knowledge of the best practices. She collaborated in partnership with the families of students with special needs, which enriched her understanding and sensitivity personally and professionally. In addition, Becky developed and presented training curricula for parents, teachers, speech pathologists, related service providers, and paraprofessionals in a variety of training venues. She served as a supervisor for new teachers, master's degree interns, undergraduate student teachers and alternative certification candidates.
Becky gave all of her energy to helping those who needed her. She gave voice to the voiceless. Her servant's heart and love for all people, especially those in need, occupied her every thought. Her life was one totally devoted to Christ and to others. Becky is the perfect example and role model Baylor strives to produce.
The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Becky fulfilled this mission superbly.
Becky went to be with the Lord September 6, 2004.