Feature photo by Shane Tretheway
The Helen DeVos College of Education welcomed Tennessee native Delia Price this spring as the newest assistant professor of education.
Although new to the Lee community, Price is no stranger to the east Tennessee area.
Born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Price said she spent most of her life in Chattanooga, where she earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education with an English proficiency at Tennessee Temple University, along with two minors in vocal music and Bible.
Price then went on to obtain her Masters of Education in administration and supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University.
She recently retired from a principal position in Hamilton County and chose to come to Lee, so she could return to her fundamental passion: teaching students.
Every student is a type of puzzle. The more you get to know them, the more pieces to the puzzle and the better I can teach them,
Price’s favorite part of Lee thus far is the relationships she continues to build with the students, staff and other faculty.
“I appreciate the relational focus of teaching here and the collegiality with the faculty and staff,” Price said.
According to Ali Arbogast, one of Price’s education students, Price shows passion for not only her student’s education, but also for their general well being.
She has been my encourager and my cheerleader,
Arbogast said. “She prays with me and for me, and I thank God for her place in my life. She has gone above and beyond any teacher I have ever had.”
Another student Price has built a close relationship with is Kayla Ann Luckie, who is currently in her student teaching semester.
Luckie said Price’s encouragement and mentorship helped her overcome her fears and make steps towards her calling: teaching in urban education.
This semester, Price is teaching courses in elementary methods, middle grade methods, as well as seminars for student teachers, interns and those on a transitional license.
Price said she strives to be the most effective teacher and mentor possible by getting to know her students as they enter the profession of teaching. Her advice to students is to live out their calling.