Explain your career path

Spent 15 years as an elementary school teacher, then 15 years as a K-8 Principal. Now working in higher education writing policies and making sure students and staff remain compliant with state and federal education laws.

What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?

Major was Elementary Education. The program was exemplary and prepared me well to be a teacher! I was ready as soon as I entered the first classroom in my career.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Both my parents went to SEMO, as did two brothers and one sister. I knew it would prepare me well to be a teacher.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

My professors were all good. My father, Kenneth L. Dement, was President of the SEMO Board of Regents when I was there, and he influenced me the most.

Share your best college memory.

My fondest memory was when the SEMO Football program retired my father's team number after he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.

I was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and loved it! My social life blossomed, and I believe it contributed positively to who I am today.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

I learned a lot about myself and how to interact with all types of people. I learned how to be a responsible adult as well.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Awesome, Important, Educational

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Pay attention to what you learn and apply it in your career. Your classes will never be a waste of time!