Featured Tigers is a monthly series wherein the spotlight shines on a few students, alumni, faculty and staff from our Crete, Lincoln and Omaha campuses. These individuals stand out in the best way — as talented and driven leaders.
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What is your name and graduation year?
T.J. Saddler, 2022
What is your major or degree program?
What do you hope to do after completing your degree?
Finish the SPED [K-12] fast track program, finish the [Master of Education in] Ed Leadership program, and finish the Ph.D. in education program.
How is Doane preparing you to reach your goals?
Coursework is pushing me to be a leader. Doane's learning environment is fostering my desire to be a lifetime learner.
Who has been a major influence for you during your education at Doane? How have they helped you?
My best friend, Dr. Lucas Kellison, has been the benchmark for my educational journey. Lucas is my longtime best friend and the perfect model for academic success.
What is something you're proud of accomplishing or achieving while at Doane?
I'm proud of being an example for my son and other African-American boys. I was valedictorian of my graduating class scoring a perfect 4.0 GPA.
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
I would tell an incoming student to remain focused on the mission. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Never lose sight of the reason why you are here.
What's something you like about yourself that other people may not know?
I like that I am an avid reader. I believe reading is fundamental for success. I used to hate reading. Since starting this academic journey at Doane, I've fallen in love with reading.
What is something you've really enjoyed about your time at Doane?
I've really enjoyed the small class environment and direct instruction.
We're always looking for Featured Tigers. Nominate someone — a coworker, friend, friend, professor, student, etc. — by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.