Beth Holloway: Teacher, mother and advocate
March 7th, 2011 | SMWC
How do we muster the courage to persevere in the face of sheer adversity? Do we all have the capacity to overcome tragedy? How do we stay strong? Come be uplifted by the remarkable story of Beth Holloway on April 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in the Cecilian Auditorium. The presentation is a part of the College’s Four-Star Series, which is designed to bring talented presenters and performers to campus to enrich the community and enhance the College’s offerings. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Holloway will deliver a message of hope, faith and personal safety to young adults and people of all ages. To date, she has presented her message across the United States to tens of thousands of students, and parents alike, in high schools, colleges, churches, professional associations, government entities and other venues.
By her own account, Holloway lived a quiet life as a speech pathologist for children with special needs. Her life changed dramatically in May 2005 when her daughter, Natalee, disappeared on the last night of her senior high graduation trip in Aruba. Natalee has not been heard from since. Holloway vowed never to give up searching for her daughter, and never to quit seeking justice for her. When this tragic story occurred, it became the leading news for months and continues to make headlines today. Holloway has appeared on every television network in the nation as well as on international TV and radio and in international newspapers, capturing the world’s attention as she searched for her daughter.
In response to Natalee's disappearance, Holloway works in a variety of ways educate the public on safer travel. She founded the International Safe Travels Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to inform and educate the public on safe international travel. Holloway is also the author of Loving Natalee, New York Times Bestseller that became a Lifetime Movie Network film.
Earning her Bachelor’s of Science in speech pathology with a minor in special education from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Holloway received her Masters in Speech Pathology at Arkansas State University. She taught special needs children in public schools in Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.