JSU instructor named Mississippi Council of Teachers of English president


English Jackson State University English instructor Lawrence Sledge was named president of the Mississippi Council of Teachers of English at the organization’s annual meeting Oct. 16 at the Mississippi e-Center @JSU. Sledge is in his fourth year as an instructor of English/professional-technical writing in JSU’s Department of English and Foreign Languages. An educator for 20 years, he’s a graduate of Tougaloo College and received his master’s degree from the University of Memphis. “My teaching philosophy is showing students how to empower themselves by learning the power of language,” the Grenada, Miss., native said. “If they learn how to use language, it will help empower them to and move up in society.” The Mississippi Council of Teachers of English is the professional organization for English language arts teachers in the state. The organization is affiliated with the National Council of Teachers of English, which is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. As president of the Mississippi organization, Sledge said he will focus on increasing membership and improving the quality and effectiveness of language arts teachers from the kindergarten through the college level. “It certainly is a great honor and it’s also a great responsibility,” he said about his selection as president. “I take this on with pleasure and a great sense of dedication.”

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