The Modern Educator | Lucy Hasselman

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The Modern Educator series seeks to highlight the individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving education. You motivate us. You inspire us. We salute you. 

Lucy Hasselman from DeSoto County Public Schools

This month I am sitting down with Lucy Hasselman from DeSoto County School District. Lucy has been in education for 20 years, and is presently serving as the Director of Accreditation.

Robert Reeder: Lucy, tell us about yourself. Where did you go to school?
Lucy Hasselman: I went to Mississippi College for my undergrad, and Delta State for graduate school.

RR: Fighting Okra! Did you enjoy school growing up?
LH: Loved it! I "played" school all the time with my dolls and stuffed animals. I come from a long line of educators, and I have always worked with kids. I always knew I wanted to be teacher.

RR: That’s awesome. We love to see enthusiasm in the field. What advice would you give someone starting out in a career in education?
LH: When making a decision, make sure it is what's best for STUDENTS, not adults!

RR: Ok, now for some fun questions! Given the choice of anyone in the world, who would you want as a dinner guest?
LH: Tim Tebow because he seems like an amazing young man, and I would love to introduce him to my niece, Hannah Martin. (She would kill me for saying that, but I think they would be absolutely great together - she's an amazing young lady herself!!)

RR: Ha! Any of our readers out there know Tim? I think Lucy might want to speak with you… One more fun question: If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?
LH: Elvis Presley - He was my age when he died, yet he had accomplished so much. My father assisted with his autopsy and actually held his vocal cords in his hands. (So yes, he is really dead!) I would just like to hear his story first-hand and ask him why, as successful as he was, he was willing to take the risk of throwing it all away.

RR: That. Is. Crazy. And very cool. Thank you so much for answering our questions, Lucy. We appreciate all that you do, and are pleased that you let us be a part of your educational goals. If you would, leave us with a little bit of advice- what’s the best advice you ever received?
LH: That I was not put on this earth to be mediocre, and that I should strive to be excellent in everything. #madeforexcellence

RR: Well said!

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