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Featured Alumni Profile (November 2016)
Alumna of the Month, Ms. Chandra L. Boone
Our alumna for the month of November is Lane Lady Ms. Chandra L. Boone, a native of Gallatin, TN and a member of the Class of 2002. She is the proud daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Boone, and she is the second of three children. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Lane College. The pursuit of excellence in education was heavily stressed by her parents. "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave" was a quote her father cited regularly during her youth. Chandra used this acumen to provide focus during her academic pursuit. After graduating summa cum laude from Lane, she completed the Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. She plans to pursue another degree in the near future.
While at Lane College, Chandra was a member of the Lane College Concert Choir and the illustrious Tau Gamma chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. While active in Tau Gamma, she held the positions of chapter president and vice president and eagerly dedicated her time to providing service to the Jackson community. Additionally, Chandra was Miss Beta Pi, Miss Zeta Phi Beta, the 1st runner up for Miss Lane College in 2002, and was selected as the Senior of the Year in 2002.
Service and scholarship are major facets of Chandra's life as evident in her personal and professional activities. She is an advocate for providing all students with proper instruction regardless of their demographics and socio economic status; improved teacher and school leadership preparation programs and continued development; and a return of trade preparation in high school curriculum. Additionally, Chandra devotes her time to the Upsilon Nu Zeta graduate chapter Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.- Lancaster, TX; the Junior League of Dallas, TX; the Texas Association of Supervisor of Mathematics; ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).
I spoke with Dr. Dewitt Martin, President of the National Alumni Association and he stated "Chandra was a joy to be around. She is one of the persons working tirelessly to reactivate the Dallas/Forth Worth Chapter and if all Lanites in the area are like Ms. Boone, what a wonderful chapter it will be! Others will have to work extra hard to match up to the Dallas/Forth Worth Chapter."
Currently, Chandra resides in Dallas, TX and is a Secondary Mathematics Instructional Coordinator for the Dallas Independent School District. In this role, she supports middle and high school mathematics teachers within the 37 secondary schools within the district. The support encompasses the following: ensuring that the secondary mathematics curriculum used within the district is appropriately aligned to the state of Texas standards; developing and editing district assessments; developing and presenting professional development workshops; and coaching teachers, instructional coaches, and principals regarding best instructional practices within secondary mathematics classrooms. Prior to this appointment, Chandra spent nine years in the classroom as a high school mathematics teacher in Sumner County, TN, Nashville, TN, Houston, TX, and Richardson, TX and was a secondary mathematics instructional coach. This school year marks her 13th year as an educator.
In her spare time, Chandra enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog GiGi.
Let's salute this beautiful Lane Lady!