Tennille Jones-Lewis ‘99
Job Title: School Counselor
Original Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Employer: Alliance City Schools
I provide personal, social, emotional and academic support and counseling to students in grades 9-12.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
First-generation College Student
Honestly, I chose Mount Union because I was a first-generation college student and had not been exposed to many institutions of higher education. Mount Union took great interest in me through the Powers Trust Program, and I will be forever grateful for that.
Dr. Steve Kramer, faculty emeritus of psychology, has to be my favorite professor. Through my psychology courses with him I learned so much about myself and the world around me. He definitely broadened my horizons to the plights of others.
Mount Union Memories
Some of my best memories of attending Mount Union are the long conversations and debates in the Campus Center after dinner. Others are the friendships that I made and my trip to El Salvador with Dr. Kramer’s social responsibility class.
Starting a Career
Actually, my first job is my current job at Alliance High School as a school counselor. I have loved my position for the past 11 years!
While on campus, I was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ, the Black Student Union, Student Senate and Residence Life.
I attended Kent State University, where I earned my master’s in professional school counseling and an education specialist degree in counseling.
Preparing for Life After College
My education at Mount Union prepared me for my career by teaching me to be a lifelong learner. My career is ever-evolving, and the educational tools that Mount Union equipped me with allow me to easily advance.
I lived in Ketcham my freshman year, East Hall my sophomore year and a small house on Vincent as a junior and senior.
I have a group of girlfriends who I met through Mount Union, and we still get together several times a year for dinner or some event. They are friends who I will have probably for life.
National Day of Service
I decided to get involved in Mount Union’s National Day of Service because I recognize that the life I live on a daily basis is not just about me. Part of Mount Union’s mission statement is to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship. As a responsible citizen, I feel an obligation to help those who are less fortunate or even temporarily in need of assistance. It is meaningful to me. It is also extremely important that my husband and I pass these same values on to our children.
From Matriculation to Commencement, I sincerely hope alumni have received much more than a degree from the institution that I have grown to love. I hope they received the ability to be more self-reflective, compassionate, empathetic and globally aware than they were when they first came to Mount Union. If this is the case, attending Mount Union events or getting involved with the University is an extremely small price to pay for the transformation they may have seen in themselves.
As a responsible citizen, I feel an obligation to help those who are less fortunate or even temporarily in need of assistance. It is meaningful to me. It is also extremely important that my husband and I pass these same values on to our children.
- What is number one on your bucket list?
- I want to visit Africa, specifically Victoria Falls in Zambia.
- Who are your heroes?
- My parents
- What is your usual bedtime?
- 11 p.m.
- Do you dance in the car?
- When a great song comes on, yes!
- What was the occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?
- An OBGYN