Spells named student employee of the year

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Florida A&M University’s Career and Professional Development Center announced last week that Jordan Spells is FAMU’s student employee of the year.

Spells wasted no time getting involved in the College of Education. He has been volunteering and working in the College of Education for two years, starting in the dean’s office. Later, he became a Learning Living Community assistant for Ameenah Shakir, the College of Education’s LLC liaison.

As the LLC assistant, his responsibilities included connecting and communicating with the College of Education LLC students. He created events and activities for them. He even checks up on the students concerning any coursework to make sure that they are all on the right track.

Faculty who have worked with Spells says he exemplifies characteristic and skills of a true Rattler as well as a future educator.

College of Education Dean Allyson Watson said, “I would say he is a visionary, magnetic, and committed.”

Shakir nominated Spells for the student employee of the year because she wanted to highlight all the hard work he does within the college.

“Jordan is an excellent example of the type of student we would like to have in the College of Education. He is very intellectually engaged, innovative and he’s really resilient and committed to doing a good job,” Shakir said.

All the student employee nominees were asked to make a post on Instagram.

Spells wrote, “I love my job because when you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. The job that I do is not about the money it’s about the future of our country and our education system for our children. I help our freshmen that are unsure if they really want to become educators know that what they’re doing is for the greater good of our nation and for our communities.”

Spells is a rising junior. He is majoring in history education because he believes that everyone should know where they come from. He wants to make an impact on the students of the next generation.

“I want to be a teacher because in the black community students are not treated to learn they are treated as a statistic in that as a child trying to learn,” Spells said.

Spells also works in the Candidates Empowerment Center helping other students prepare for their state license exam, which is a requirement for all students in the College of Education.

Watson said, “Yes, everyone has good things to say about Jordan.”

On her first day as the dean she was greeted by Spells with a big smile as she walked into her new office.