Sometimes you have to experience a situation to know what you're talking about.
Anne Cannon, executive director of the Hastings Literacy Program, can walk the talk when it comes to working with students to get a General Educa-tional Development diploma.
Because her parents moved around so much, she dropped out of school. She later obtained a GED herself.
"I've always lived in big cities," said Cannon, who was born in Hastings. "My dad was in the Air Force, and I moved all around the country."
After living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, her parents moved to a small town her junior year in high school.
"The school I went to was a K-12, and I had been going to school in huge schools," Cannon said. "I moved to a town that had a population less than the number of students in my high school. It was a huge adjustment. It just wasn't for me. I wanted to get back to the city, so I dropped out. Within a month after dropping out, I just went and took my GED and passed it."
She attended college on a part-time basis in Texas before moving back to Hastings at age 22.
"I got my degree eventually when I came back here," she said. "I was married, had children and was working full time. I transferred some of my credits from Texas and got my degree. That's how I got this job."