The Northwest Education Association held their second meeting of the semester on March 19 in the McLendon Center.
Guest speaker Bradley Roberson, the new principal at Senatobia High School, spoke to the education students at Northwest. Roberson graduated from Ole Miss with a master’s degree in mathematics education. He taught math at Oxford High School for nine years, and he also coached football and was the head baseball coach for five years. After teaching, Roberson got into administration. He became the assistant principal for sixth through twelfth grades, and he is currently the new principal at Senatobia High School.
While speaking to the students, Roberson mentioned how the standards have risen, and coming into this field, students have to be committed to the profession.
“I think that the reputation of an educator is getting better; it use to be teachers were ashamed to say that they were teachers, but I really think that is changing,” Roberson said.
Roberson also stressed how future educators need to step it up when it comes to meeting the needs of students in the classroom. As an administrator, he plays off the strength of the teachers. Roberson stated five important points for the students who were anticipating a career start at Senatobia City Schools: passion, traditions, high expectations and check your compass – which means it’s very important for the school as a learning community to all head in the same direction and community.
Roberson encouraged future educators to get involved with a school that has leadership based on values and not policies and procedures. “A policy and procedure-driven school is indeed a very difficult place to work as a classroom teacher,” Roberson said.
“We feel honored to have Mr. Roberson here with us; Senatobia is a great school, and we would love to help continue the tradition of having great teachers to educate their students,” Julie Correro, division director of Education, said.
“First impressions mean a lot. From the first impressions I got, I think that this group of students has a bright future to be educators, and I’m excited about it,” Roberson said.
For more information about the NWEA or the education division at Northwest, please contact Teri Hawkins at 562-1134 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Correro, at 562-3257 or email@example.com.
Pictured: Senatobia High School principal Bradley Roberson, right, spoke to Northwest Mississippi Community College education students at the March meeting of the Northwest Education Association. (Photo by Rhyneal Armstrong, Northwest journalism student)