Clayton State University student Marquavius Hardy (College Park), a senior in the Clayton State Middle Grades Teacher Education program, was elected president of Georgia SPAGE (Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators) last week. Hardy is also the president of the Clayton State Teacher Education Club.
Francina Lee (Lithonia), another Clayton State senior in the Middle Grades Teacher Education Program, was elected SPAGE parliamentarian.
Hardy and Lee were elected at the Georgia SPAGE 2011 Summer Conference: "The Power of a Teacher," held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ravinia in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 4. Hardy had previously served as parliamentarian in 2010/11.
“The conference Francina and I attended was very informative in that it continues to shape our professional development before we start teaching,” Hardy says. “I learned so many new teaching strategies that I plan to use in my classroom beginning this fall and spring during my student teaching as an intern. I am excited about education, and SPAGE’s Summer Conference constantly reminds me that education is an important aspect of our daily lives.
“As teachers, we must continue to show our students and community the value of what really is a true American education. I am committed to my career aspiration, and I will continue to make an effort to move education into the right direction!”
All members SPAGE are involved in the elections for the upcoming year.
“Members of the SPAGE organization are sent emails regarding elections for the upcoming year,” Hardy explains. “We are notified by Ms. Mary Ruth Ray, manager of Student Groups. We are directed to the www.pageinc.org website to express why we would be a good candidate for office. Afterwards, Ms. Ray contacted potential candidates to notify them that they have been selected to run for office.
“Once candidates are notified that they are selected to run for office, we attended the conference to express to other SPAGE members why we wanted to run.”
As the president, Hardy will be responsible for delegating SPAGE's upcoming events.
“I usually keep my cohort at Clayton State University informed about the different events hosted by SPAGE,” he says. “We usually have webinars, seminars, podcasts, workshops, etc.
“During the summer, I work with Mr. Jimmy Jordan, membership services representative, 11th District, at the Junior Orientation to the Middle Grades Education Program at Clayton State University. All of the officers’ responsibilities are limited because we are located at different colleges across the state of Georgia. However, we do keep in contact with each other by phone to discuss upcoming events and other ideas we may have at the time.”