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August 2018 - School of Education
National Alumni Society Member

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Name: Earon Sheats

Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Master: Educational Leadership ‘14 Grad/Education Specialist: Educational Leadership ‘17 Grad

Hometown: Hartselle, Alabama

Current town: Live in Hartselle, Al/New job in Decatur, Al

Current employer and job: Decatur City Schools/Austin Junior High School Assistant Principal

What is your favorite UAB memory? My favorite memory from my UAB experience was being able to walk at graduation (accomplishing a lifelong dream and having my family share that moment with me).

How has UAB impacted your life? My time at UAB allowed me to make local, state-wide and global connections with colleagues from various cultures. This has helped to widen my lens to see life from the perspective of others.

What made you choose your current profession? My 6th grade math teacher (Pam Berry) invested into me a love for learning. Her impact propelled me to reciprocate that in others.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? My biggest takeaway professionally has been the power of having a growth mindset. We never “arrive” or “reach the top” but rather continuously strive to improve our craft.

If you were given the opportunity to spend 48 hours with absolutely anyone (living or dead), who would you spend it with and what would you do? Corrie Ten Boom. I would let her relay her accounts of the Holocaust.

What song (if any) are you listening to? Ed Sheeran, Perfect

If you could have a new talent, what would you want? I would love to be the next Food Network Star!

Describe your favorite pair of shoes you own now. Anything with a wedge.

I really wish Caramel M&Ms (total temptation) hadn’t been invented.

Describe your day in a six word sentence. Loving my family, enjoying the journey.

What do you love most about what you get to do every day? I am most passionate about impacting the next generation (my students) with a love for learning and collaborating with other educators to help create limitless learning opportunities (for my students and my staff to grow).

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My Sundrop Can.

Student Alumni Society Member

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Name: Kelli Grace Whitmire

Graduation Year: 2020

Major: Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Hometown: Blountsville, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose UAB because it is a school that invests in their students. There are so many resources and opportunities for success at UAB and I wanted to become a part of that.

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)? I would have to say Dr. Loder-Jackson. Through her assignments, I was able to envision what kind of teacher I wanted to become. She encouraged us to look at issues from several angles so we would be able to form our own opinion about them. I learned a lot about myself in her class.

What is your favorite UAB memory? I don’t have one specific memory, but I would have to say that all of the time I have spent at different schools completing field observation hours, meeting new people, and interacting with the students are some of my favorite memories.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has given me a quality education, introduced me to some great friends and has taught me so much about myself.

If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do? After fan-girling and asking for a selfie, I would ask them what the best piece of advice they ever heard was.

What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by?) “Who am I, that the Lord of all the Earth would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt?” This song is Who Am I by Casting Crowns. I love this song because it talks about how God loves every single one of us even though we are all unworthy.

The store I frequent the most is Michaels/Hobby Lobby.

Describe your day in a six word sentence. Live like there is no tomorrow.

What word do you overuse most? “So” and “literally”

The best kind of cake is Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My socks

Who are the people who make your life better? My family and friends!

What is the best advice you ever received? It is always better to be the one who smiles than the one who didn’t smile back.