The successes of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences are largely due to its dedicated employees who are passionate about their work. Our “Getting to Know SAFHS” series highlights some of our talented faculty and staff and lets you know a little more about them.
What is your job role at UAPB?
Director of 4-H/Youth Programs and Recruitment for SAFHS.
Where is your hometown?
Pine Bluff, AR.
Where did you go to college?
Spelman College and University of Georgia.
What did you major in?
Child development and special education with an emphasis in early childhood education.
What year did you graduate?
I graduated from Spelman College in 1994 and from the University of Georgia in 1998.
What do you like most about your job?
I like teaching and mentoring students from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Describe your career before you came to UAPB.
I served in the Dominican Republic as a special education teacher-trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps for two years. I was an early intervention specialist at Jenkins Memorial Center for seven years and an early childhood special education teacher at the Arkansas River Educational Cooperative for three years, where I also interpreted and translated program materials into Spanish.
If you weren’t working at UAPB, what would your dream job be?
I would like to be a homemaker and homeschool my own children, as well as children of friends and family and own a nonprofit agency that helps people pay for college. After my children are grown I would like to teach at an international school or return to the Peace Corps.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy attending my children’s academic, athletic and talent events, watching movies with my husband, reading, hanging out with family, traveling and practicing yoga.
Do you have a favorite movie or book?
My favorite movie is “Akeelah and the Bee.” I don’t have a favorite book in particular, but love reading a variety of things.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I would like to visit Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls. I have always wanted to visit the motherland. Waterfalls intrigue me and Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. I would love to visit other countries in Africa as well.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I would like to help people discover their purpose or calling in life and help them work towards their goals.
Who is your hero?
My grandparents, Willie and Fannie Rance, are my heroes. My grandfather only has a third grade education and my grandmother went to school through sixth grade and later obtained her GED. However, they both encouraged and ensured that all of their children who wanted to go to college were able to. All five of their daughters received degrees from UAPB and their two sons went to the armed forces.