Faith Dillon first became interested in a career in teaching while volunteering at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson and at her church while in high school.
“I loved being a summer camp counselor and working with children to teach them new things,” Dillon said. “I’d like to work with that age group because they know what to do, but might need a little help.”
Dillon, of Richland, a sophomore on the Raymond Campus, is learning at Hinds Community College all the leadership skills she’ll need as an elementary school teacher, where her roles on various student organizations are supplementing her education.
She serves as president of the Student Government Association on campus and of the campus I.D.E.A.L. Woman chapter. She’s also involved in Hinds Collegiate Choir, Honors Institute and works at the Writing Center on campus – all of which continue other passions in life she’s had for years.
“Being in SGA got me to step out of my comfort zone over the past year,” she said. “It has taught me what it takes to be an excellent leader on and off campus. With I.D.E.A.L. Woman, it’s about the sisterhood I’ve always longed for.
Creativity is a must for any would-be educator, which Dillon has covered easily.
“I began tutoring other students in the Writing Center recently,” she said. “Working with peers is the best part of it. We all need help with something, so it’s easy to relate. Then, with the music, it’s been in my life since grade school. I can’t wait to sing again soon as a collective group.”
Teaching is also in her bloodlines and figures only to grow after she graduates this year. “My father, Delon Dillon, is a Welding instructor on the Utica Campus,” she said. “The way he helps young adults become successful encourages me to make a difference in students’ lives.”
After Hinds, she plans to finish up her education at William Carey University in Hattiesburg.
“I have a passion for English and have always enjoyed learning in school,” she said. “Teaching our next generation of Mississippians excites me the most.”