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Priscilla Hooks - 25 Years

Priscilla Hooks
Animal Resources Unit

Priscilla Hooks
Hooks in the Animal Resources

While her duties over the last 25 years haven’t changed much, Priscilla Hooks' job as a laboratory animal technologist is different every day. She sees to the care and well-being of the research models that Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry entrusts to her care.

“I hope that what my colleagues and I do helps to make a change in the world in some small part, whether it is the research we conduct, the people we come in contact with or the words we share,” she says. “I like working with persons from all cultures. Hopefully I learn something from them and they learn something from me.”

At award ceremony

Hooks with Dr. Nancy Dickey at the 2011
Service Awards.

According to Hooks, the biggest change at the college during her employment has been how the staff, students and faculty have come together as one. There’s also more paperwork.

Hooks’ interests away from work include family, church, travel and helping children. Family is very important to her—so important, in fact, that her favorite memory of her years at TAMHSC-BCD is the family celebration after her 20-year service award ceremony.

“I come from a large family with 10 siblings and we are very close,” Hooks says. She has been married to her husband, Johnnie, for four years and has a 22-year-old daughter, Arielle, in school preparing for a medical assisting career. Hooks credits her parents with instilling the most valuable lesson she’s learned: to put God first and to always treat people the way you want to be treated. “I still try to live my life in this way,” she says.

Priscilla Hooks family
Hooks (center, back) with her brothers and other family.