Native of the center and CISD graduate selected as director of San Augustine

Center native Jeremy Small said in an interview for this story that he was excited about his new role and his first principal role as the new principal of San Augustine College. But his enthusiasm reached a new high last week when he was appointed director of middle and high school.

“I wanted to be a manager before I was 35,” Small said. “For me, being 28 and in this position is amazing. I am happy every day I come to work and excited to learn from all the teachers.

The Center Roughrider graduate said he was back home looking for work in education shortly after graduating from the University of Central Arkansas in 2014. “I found myself. one day at Center High School talking to Coach Clay, ”Small said. “Before training at the Center, he was a coach here in San Augustine. Once he found out that I had started studying and wanted to teach, he called San Augustine to see if they had anything for me for the semester, and they did.

Small interviewed San Augustine College the next day and two days later he was hired. “When I first started teaching here in San Augustine,” said Small, “I was a grade 6 through 12 math and science interventionist.”

As an interventionist, Small removed students from classes where they struggled to provide them with different lessons and work to improve their reading, math and biology skills. “I really enjoyed it all,” he said. “I left that month of May because I was also in a master’s program at UCA. It was a subsidized position where I was going to charge for my masters as long as I was teaching at a Title I school in Arkansas.

“Knowing that I had to leave, it was really difficult because I made a huge connection with these kids, especially within the Gentlemen’s League,” Small said.

The Gentlemen’s League is a group of 19 boys that Small created to learn essential things such as leadership skills, community service and more. “We started the League in January 2015 and we really did in February,” Small said. “This is a positive time for them and was designed to provide mentoring and leadership skills to young men who may not have had this experience before or who simply needed to improve some of these skills.” Small said.

The Gentlemen’s League met twice a week at school, elected leaders, learned to meet, and followed the voting process. “It was influential for them. In this setting, we had dressed well on Wednesday, gentlemen of the week, behaved the best, and they learned to tie and wear a tie. It was a very contagious atmosphere, ”Small said.

The gentlemen would also have community service days at the elementary school to open the doors for the elementary school children and have lunch with them. “With many of our boys in the Gentlemen’s League being top athletes, it’s especially important to be a good role model,” Small said.

Even though Small went to teach at West Memphis ISD, he left his mark on the Gentlemen’s League and the children of San Augustine where they carried on things as if Small was still there.

The Gentlemen’s League now exists in West Memphis, Center, San Augustine and Garrison. “All of these children are connected. I always tell students; your network is really your net worth. Getting to know people outside of your home is very important, ”Small said.

After years of study during which he forged a solid bond, Small has returned to San Augustine College as principal and is delighted with what awaits him.

“I was only here four months and I have been able to build such a strong relationship with these children throughout my life, it makes me feel like I am doing something right and that I am back. , I guess I am, ”said Petit.

“I had a job as an administrative coordinator at Center Middle School where I learned to organize and learn a program that best suited the students. This is where I could really hone my personal education skills, ”Small said.

A year after serving as administrative coordinator, Small became deputy principal of Center High School for a year and a half before landing his new position.

“I can’t even explain the emotions I felt when I saw this position open because deep down I felt like it was where I needed to be. And I felt that ever since I left, just based on the impact I was able to have and the connections we had and the reach of the community, I always want to be somewhere I can leave it. better than when I came, “he said.

“This is my first managerial position. I’ve always told myself to be where my feet are and I feel like that’s what I’m doing, ”Small said.

Small interaction with ISD Center students on how to tie a tie on well-dressed Wednesdays

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