USAO Students Welcome National SNEA Leader
CHICKASHA -- Overcoming his own hardships to achieve success, educator Anthony Daniels of Alabama came to Chickasha last week to encourage college students at the University of Science and Arts to devote themselves to public service.
" Having Anthony Daniels, who serves as national chairperson for the National Education Association Student Program, visit USAO was a very special treat," said Dr. Jeanne Mather, who hosted the event. " Anthony shared his personal trials in growing up, his fight on Capitol Hill for affordable college education for every American, and his commitment to youth, education, and public service."
College students and faculty joined Daniels, who came to address the local campus chapter of the Student National Education Association (SNEA). Under faculty leadership, USAO's own SNEA program has earned state and national awards for its programs, including its support of USAO's innovative Books for Tots program that has shared many thousands of books with underprivileged children.
Daniels is a 23-year-old alumnus of Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. Having received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, he is currently pursuing a master's degree in education. At AAMU, Daniels mentored and tutored youth, educating them about the importance of community service.
A former athlete whose career was cut short by injuries, Daniels became a community volunteer and public speaker promoting education and volunteerism.
" Anthony Daniels really inspired and challenged our students and guests to become leaders in the fight for quality education for all," Mather said.
Last year, Daniels was elected chairperson of the National Education Association Student Program, representing more than 60,000 college students nationwide.