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Selina Medders

Selina Medders, a School Counseling Graduate Student with Delta State University, interned at Margaret Green Junior High this past Spring 2016. While working on her internship, Medders was tasked with developing and implementing S.M.A.R.T goals for her school site.  SMART (Specific Issue, Attainable, Time Bound, Measurable, Results-Oriented) goals are integral components of the American School Counselor Association National Model.

Medders defined her SMART goal as the following, “By May 2016, ten percent of the eight graders failing math will increase their grade.  I will do interventions with the students and track their progress.  According to the first semester failure report processed in January 2016, there are more eight graders failing than any other grade in the school (n = 53).  The subject area of math is targeted because it is a core class and failing math may result in retention.”

As of May 2016 when failure report was again generated, there were only six eight graders failing Math, which resulted in a remarkable pass rate of 94.33%. Medders accomplished these goals by implementing her school counseling interventions and also teachers implementing interventions with the Tier One failing students within Response to Intervention (RtI) program.

Lee Karen Portera

Lee Karen Portera

I grew up basically in Delta State’s backyard, also known as, Grenada, MS.  Landing on one major was tough for me.  I finally came to Fashion Merchandising after declaring about five other majors but man…. that major, that school, that professor put me on the path to success and prepared me for the rest of my career.  My first assignment in a beginner’s sewing class was to sew a skirt from a pattern.  I happily took that assignment, drove an hour down the road to my house, and told my mom if she didn’t make this skirt for me that I would be on to major number 6!!   Two years later, I sat in the aisle and watched my clothing designs modeled at The Fashion Group International Competition in Dallas, TX. See, that’s what the College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State did for me. It was so much more than coursework, assignments, exams.  It was preparing you for life, it’s about pulling out your greatest potential from within yourself and giving you a platform to share that.

After graduating Delta State University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and double minor in Business Administration and Art, I went on and earned my Graduate degree from The University of Alabama in Consumer Affairs. I spent the beginning of my career working with Anthropologie in the visual department as the home/apparel merchandiser and was with the company for nearly four years.  Currently, I am the Visual Manager of Bella Vita, Inc. in Collierville, TN, and am set to be married to my fiancé, Biobaragha Dambo, this September.

– Lee Karen Portera, Fashion Merchandising 2010