Single Mom Celebrates Law School Graduation With Her 5 Kids

'I took the pictures with my kids because they helped me through school. They're graduating, too!'

Many children aspire to become lawyers when they grow up. However, sometimes life gets in the way.

Having dreamed of going to law school since she was 7 years old, Ieshia Champs thought her chance had passed when she found herself homeless and pregnant during her teenage years.

I really didn't have any stable guidance at that time. My mom was addicted to drugs. My dad was deceased. And I was homeless," Champs told CBS News. "I lived with friends or whoever would take me in. Then I got pregnant with the first of my five children, and things just went from there."


In the years following, Champs was no stranger to struggle and loss. She quit high school and got a job at a call center to support her growing family, but in 2009, as Champs prepared to welcome her fourth child, she lost her home to a fire, she lost her job, and she lost her children's father to cancer..

At her lowest point, Champs admits she tried to commit suicide, but that one fateful call from her local pastor inspired her to tap into her faith and pursue her lifelong dream.

"Pastor Louise Holman called me one day and said that God told her to tell me to go back to school and get my GED, because that lawyer I wanted to be, I'll be it!" Champs added. "I thought it was a little crazy because I was too old and I had three children with my fourth child on the way."

Champs told USA TODAY that she never shared her passion with Holman, so this unprovoked call convinced the 33-year-old mother that some higher power was at work.

With the support and assistance of her growing children, Champs got her GED, attended Houston Community College, and transferred to the University of Houston-Downtown soon after.

Now, as Champs moves ever closer to her impending May graduation from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law, her celebratory photoshoot has gone viral, as her story continues to inspire others who've faced their own obstacles in parenthood and in life.

"I took the pictures with my kids because they helped me through school. They're graduating too!" Champs told CBS News. "They would help me review with flash cards while I cooked. They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day. I would sit in my closet and pray and cry because I was overwhelmed and my oldest son, David, would gather his siblings, give them a snack, make them take a bath, gather their school clothes, all to make things easier for me. And I had no knowledge of him doing that until I went to do it!"

Twitter users have been quick to praise Champs' persistent efforts and unrelenting faith.

Champs credits her devotion to God and her supportive children for her continued success, as her story highlights that anyone can do anything they put their mind to, especially when they have the unconditional support of their church and their children.

As she told USA TODAY, "If God can take a little girl like me who had nothing and put me in a position to where I'm graduating from a wonderful law school in the top 15 percent of my class Magna Cum Laude with five children, he can do anything for you."

Learn more about Champs' journey to success via the video below.

A Plus has reached out to Champs for comment. 

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