Sumer Willis
Elementary Education

I began my college journey at ATU in the Fall of 1995. My goal was to become the first of my immediate Willisfamily to graduate college. I always knew I wanted to attend Arkansas Tech University because of the reputation of providing a great, educational experience. I had attended Band Camp there in Junior High and fell in love with the campus and staff members. Even though I lived off-campus, at home during college, through small, intimate class sizes, I was introduced and welcomed by Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity women, who offered me an open bid to join this wonderful group of girls. I was honored to receive “Model New Member” from Zeta Tau Alpha my freshman year. This gave me the opportunity to volunteer, meet others, and build lasting relationships while enjoying the “college life” experience. I worked 3 jobs, but still managed to graduate in 3 years with Magna Cum Laude honors. It is one of my greatest accomplishments.

I thoroughly enjoyed my elementary educational classes and can still remember Dr. David Bell, in Children’s Literature, inspiring us to fall in love with children’s books! I remember so many professors encouraging me to do my best in all aspects. Dr. Glen Sheets was my advisor and help guide me in my educational endeavors. Dr. Womack exposed me to the diverse special needs of students and how I could perhaps help accommodate and modify my instruction them in my future classroom.

I had the pleasure of teaching Kindergarten 5 years at Tilles Elementary in Fort Smith and then moved to Morrilton and have taught Kindergarten at Morrilton Primary for the last 7 years. I will always have a special place in my heart for my extremely positive educational experience at Arkansas Tech University.

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