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Hope Boynton & Kate Sanders

Hope Boynton is a Senior at Sequatchie County High School. Hope is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2022, Student Council President, Beta Club member, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) President, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) officer, sound booth engineer, and a Student Connection Coach. Hope plans to continue her education this fall, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Hope’s goal is to serve students in low-income areas by providing them with the best education possible. Kate Sanders is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Sequatchie County High School in Dunlap, TN. Kate teaches Introduction to Human Studies, Lifespan Development, Nutrition Across the Lifespan, and Family Studies. Kate also serves as the chapter adviser for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Additionally, Kate is completing her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Development through Boston College. Kate hopes to serve schools/districts by helping create/implement policies enhancing college and career readiness skills and setting each student on a path to success through a social justice lens. Kate enjoys painting, spin classes, yoga, and hiking outside of work and school.

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District Partners in the News  |  Organizational Leadership & Change Management

Leveraging Students’ Strengths to Develop Student Leaders

Kate Sanders, Teacher: How do I empower more student leaders? This question had been circling my brain for months. As the adviser for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter at Sequatchie County High School, I have had the opportunity to facilitate unique opportunities for student leaders. However, much of the workload is placed on the shoulders of the FCCLA officer team. They plan and coordinate the monthly student service projects while participating in the organization's competitive event side. It was a heavy load. Not to mention, many officers are committed to various other organizations and after-school work. And, because most of my officers are preparing to graduate this year, I quickly recognized that I must find a way to empower our underclassmen to assume these leadership roles.

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