Two Walters State Community College education students have been chosen by their peers to serve in leadership positions of the Student Tennessee Education Association.
Will Jones of White Pine is the new president-elect and Stelli Carmichael of Dandridge is secretary of the organization. The two were chosen at the spring conference in Nashville.
“Their election is an honor for them and an honor for Walters State,” said Dr. Marilyn Bowers, dean of behavioral and social sciences at the college.
“While serving as an officer, these students will have the chance to attend regional and even national conferences. Will and Stelley will also have unique opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills while gaining new confidence,” said Bowers.
Bowers said these two continue a long-standing tradition at Walters State. The college has a very active STEA chapter and, as a result, students are often elected to serve STEA at the state and regional level. She said taking on this responsibility shows commitment to the profession of teaching.
Carmichael attended homeschool and decided to be a teacher after watching her mom.
“Sometimes, I was able to teach things to my younger siblings. When you teach someone something new, the student gets so excited. That makes teaching the perfect job for me,” Carmichael said
Jones attended schools in the Jefferson County School System, where he credits many good teachers for influencing him.
“I want to help students in the same way that my teachers guided me. I want to give back as much as I’ve been given,” Jones said.
STEA provides out-of-the-classroom professional development opportunities for future teachers, helps members move smoothly from student to teacher and provides support during the crucial first five years in the classroom. The organization is affiliated with the Tennessee Education Association and the National Education Association.