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Ohio University Lancaster student recognized by Ohio Education Association

Leah Phillips, OHIO Lancaster senior studying Early Childhood Education was recognized for distinguished service by the Ohio Education Association Board of Directors.

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) represents more than 121,000 teachers, faculty, and support professionals who work in Ohio's schools, colleges, and universities to help improve public education and the lives of children Ohio. OAS members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.

Phillips joined the local OAS chapter at Ohio University in Lancaster, OEA-Aspiring Educators during his first year. He joined while taking his education courses generally because he wanted to learn more about his future career and gain leadership experience.

“This was the next level of leadership that I had been longing for. I served as president-elect of the state board and president of my local board, where I attended state meetings to enhance the experience of aspiring educators on their campuses and in the classroom, ”said Phillips. “This past year I served as president of the state board and sat on the board of directors of the OAS. This allowed me to use my voice for all aspiring educators in Ohio as their delegate to the assemblies of union representatives and a representative on the board of directors. "

“Working with Leah as a board member of OEA Aspiring Educators has been a privilege and a pleasure . Leah is an amazing student as well as being a professional in handling issues with other students and the community, "said Dr. Debra Dunning coordinator of early childhood and elementary education and associate professor of instruction. “Leah and I were able to present at a leadership conference how we changed the leadership model of this student organization to a model led by students rather than a teacher. This has allowed Ohio University Lancaster education students to develop management and leadership skills beyond the classroom. "

The mission statement of OEA-Aspiring Educators is to “help train candidate teachers in your educational journey in regards to the basic human domains of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical areas. "This organization provides opportunities for teacher education majors to gain personal growth and professional competence by meeting with others and serving the community.

"I have been fortunate to see what the union and organized associations can do for teachers and aspiring educators," said Phillips. "Through my experiences, I hope to continue working with people who have the same goal of a better future. "

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