Salutatorian becomes a nurse and starts family
By Bryan Navarette
Hayley York — formerly Hayley Monroe — graduated as salutatorian of the Frenship High School Class of 2004, and has since graduated from college, married, bought a home and landed a job she loves.
But, for her, the birth of her son, Max, has been her greatest accomplishment.
“He’s the light of my life,” she said. “He is a smart, wonderful little boy. We love him very much.”
York, born and raised in Lubbock, moved to the Wolfforth area in the eighth grade.
While in school, York said she participated in multiple events such as UIL competitions, National Honor Society, and, a favorite of hers, the Frenship Bell Crew.
“My sister was involved in everything,” Heather Monkes, York’s sister, said, “and I pretty much tagged along and watched her do everything and grew up right by my sister even though she was five years older than I was.”
Monkes, formerly Heather Monroe, said York was extremely driven in high school and was well prepared for college by the Frenship ISD.
After graduating from Frenship High School, York went on to get her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech in biology while also working at University Medical Center as a health unit coordinator, where she developed a love for helping children.
“Throughout college I worked there and started seeing what nurses did,” York said, “and started to spend time with pediatric patients and that’s when I decided I wanted to turn my biology degree and go more nursing.”
York, who was also a part of the Honors College, said she entered a nursing program where she could graduate within a year and begin her work in pediatrics.
“I always knew she was going to be in the medical field of some sort,” Monkes said, “but nursing is perfect for her because she is a very strong caretaker and it fits her perfectly.”
York graduated from the Texas Tech nursing program in 2010 and continued to work at University Medical Center before moving to San Antonio three years ago with her husband of five years, Christopher York.
She now works as a part of the nursing management team, recently promoted six months ago, at the University Hospital in San Antonio.
Her career success is something she is proud of, but York said her greatest achievement will always be becoming a mother.
“She is one of the best mothers I have ever seen,” Monkes said, “and I look up to her for that because I am about to have a baby and she has shown me what it takes to be a good mom.”
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