Seneca High School
English, Course Recovery
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Parent Teacher Student Association, WE Kentucky
Jennifer Beckham is certified in secondary education English with an emphasis on reading. She has taught high school most of her career and she loves working with at-risk students. Her current position in the course recovery lab allows students the second chance they need to be successful, graduate on time, and be transition-ready for after high school. She received her Leadership degree because educational leadership is one of her career passions. Mrs. Beckham is the founder of the RedHawk Rangers in Louisville, Ky. In the past thirteen years, she has worked with six different student organizations. She is a strong supporter of Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She is a proud and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She also sponsors a youth group through her sorority, and regularly participates in other mentoring projects.
Throughout her career, she has served as a mentor teacher to pre-service and intern teachers. In addition, she has developed and implemented many school-wide programs. She also participates in many summer community camps, and volunteering experiences. Mrs. Beckham has facilitated workshops at conferences, and served as a judge for competitions for several organizations. Throughout the school year, she completes about 1000 hours with her Lead4Change student leadership group – the RedHawk Rangers.
Seneca RedHawk Rangers have participated for five years in the Lead4Change Leadership program. The mission of the group is to improve the life, health, and living conditions of anyone in any community in need. Their primary focus is working with the homeless and serving dinners at various food pantries across the city monthly. In addition to this, the Rangers also volunteer at the Parkland Boys & Girls Club community garden, Dare to Care, Rhonda’s Another’s Chance, YMCA, Catholic charities, elementary schools, Active Day adult daycare, school food pantry, and March of Dimes. These students are becoming leaders who are passionate about serving their community.
We participated in several awareness walks each year such as the Dare to Care Hunger Walk, Making Strides against Breast Cancer, and We Day Walk for Compassion, March of Dimes, and Relay for Life. Every year we take our service initiative on the road and travel to another state to tour a college and complete a service project. We have representatives that serve on the Mayor’s ‘WE Day’ Kentucky student advisory board. We annually compete in the Lead4Change Challenge and were able to donate $4,500 to local non profits.
“Lead4Change is a catalyst to merge education, leadership, and service. This trifecta makes me excited about the hope and promise of the world we live in. The Lead4Change program allows me to combine my two passions – service and student organizations. Watching my students grow from caring individuals to civil servants is priceless. The Leadership component provides the necessary training needed to build strong leaders that care about others and ultimately make this world a better place. It is a win-win!”
Bachelors Arts (BA) in English
Masters Arts (MAT) in Teaching
Specialist in Education Leadership (Ed.S)
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