On this week's Facilitator Friday, EAST at Riverside High School student Katie Nowlin shares about her facilitator Michele Freeman.
“If you can’t solve the problem one way, look at it from a different angle,” says Michele Freeman. She is the EAST Facilitator at Riverside High School in Lake City, AR. Michele always looks on the bright side and encourages her students to do so as well. I honestly do not believe that there has been one day that she hasn’t walked into the classroom with a big smile on her face, ready to watch her students accomplish their goals. Everyday, she inspires us to try, try again even when we think that there is no other way to solve a problem. She is truly an incredible person and facilitator.
Originally from Waldenburg, Arkansas, Ms. Freeman attended Weiner Public Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. After high school, she graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor's of Science and a Master’s of Business Administration degrees. “Technology has always been an interest of mine and community service is one of my passions,” she says. Her love for what she does shines through everyday that she is in the classroom. She strives to teach her students to think for themselves so that they can accomplish their dreams and goals well beyond the high school walls. “As the old adage goes, ‘Give someone a fish and they'll eat for a day; teach someone to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime.”
Ms. Freeman formerly worked as a paralegal in Litigation at Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings before working as the Executive Secretary for the CEO of Heifer International in Little Rock. She has recently graduated from the Jonesboro Police Department Citizen Police Academy and hopes to incorporate some of the technology concepts into her EAST classes.
She began teaching business classes in 2001 and when she found out about EAST several years ago, she instantly fell in love with it. She chose EAST then, and this year, EAST chose her. She filled the position of EAST Facilitator as soon as the offer presented itself. Although this is her first year of facilitating EAST, her students would agree that she is amazing at what she does. We hope that she continues facilitating and helping others as much as she possibly can.