As an educator, Porsche Chambers has always had a thirst for learning. Chambers is a 2021 recipient of Mississippi State Online’s $1,000 Distance Makes a Difference Scholarship and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program with a concentration in Secondary Teaching. As a McNair Scholar, she is no stranger to excelling and going the extra mile in her academic career. She finished her program early and decided to enhance her current teaching license by taking additional courses.
“I finished my program in December and decided to take additional courses to add an English endorsement to my license,” Chambers said. “Once I’m done, I’ll have English, Social Studies, and Science endorsements.”
Enrolling at Mississippi State Online fit into Chambers’ busy schedule perfectly. It allowed her to continue to work and still further her education. Also, she could have the Mississippi State experience without having to be physically on campus. She credits the staff and instructors for making the experience rewarding.
“Online was a plus,” Chambers said. “The people I connected with have helped me with so much and were absolutely amazing.”
Chambers currently teaches sixth-grade science and social studies. She loves her students profoundly and decided to use the scholarship money to help enhance their educational experience. She was able to provide headphones for the children’s laptops, school supplies, classroom supplies, and other items to help her students succeed.
“I decided to take the challenge and apply for the scholarship,” Chambers said. “I was surprised to receive it and also very excited.”
Outside of the classroom, Chambers is actively involved in many activities. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she served as her chapter’s president and garnered awards during her time in leadership. She is also the mother of a 10-month-old daughter, Dallas Noelle.
“Dallas Noelle is one of the best things to ever happen to me, and I owe all of my success to her,” Chambers said. “When she was born, she gave me an extra reason to go for everything I want out of life.”
Upon completing her program, she aims to pursue an Educational Specialist degree. Specifically, she would like to focus on leadership with the goal of moving into an administrative role within her school district. Foreshadowing her future role as a leader, she encourages those around her to never quit.
“Take the challenge, accept the challenge, and don’t quit,” Chambers said. “It may get difficult, and you may think you can’t do it, but you definitely can.”