MeChelle Blunt, student activities coordinator and adjunct instructor on the Franklin Campus at Paul D. Camp Community College, has attained a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. Her dissertation was titled, “Factors that Affect Retention of Novice Teachers in Hard-to-Staff Schools.”
“Hard work and diligence has paid off,” she said about her achievement. “It is a really good feeling to see your work come to fruition.”
Blunt’s career in education began nearly 30 years ago. Over the years, she has been a teacher, principal and central office administrator in rural and urban public school systems, and worked at the college level in Virginia.
She has served as an adjunct instructor at the College for 10 years, teaching “Introduction of the Teaching Profession.” She is also licensed by the state to teach Biology, General Science, and Earth and Space Science. She is endorsed in Pre-K-12 Administration and Supervision, and holds a division Superintendent’s license.
“I am passionate about my career in education and have enjoyed its challenges and successes,” she said. “I am always so proud of my students.” Most recently, two completed their bachelor’s degrees in education and have secured teaching positions. Another is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood at Norfolk State University.
As student activities coordinator at PDCCC, Blunt takes pride in providing activities and events that foster cultural, social and academic development.
“Operating on a limited budget is a challenge,” she said. “But, businesses, community organizations, as well as other groups outside the college have graciously provided services and support to offset expenses. Club sponsors and advisors are innovative and work endless hours to meet the needs of our student activities program.”
In addition to holding down a full-time job and two positions at PDCCC, Blunt serves as president of the Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and The Suffolk Chapter of the Links Inc. She is a board member of Southeastern Virginia Senior Services.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and General Science from Virginia State University and a master’s degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University.
Blunt resides in Southampton County with her husband of more than 30 years, Larry. They have two children, Larry Antonio, a professional basketball coach residing in Toronto, Canada, and LaChelle Antonece, a registered nurse and PDCCC nursing alum, who lives with her husband, Darius, in Suffolk.