Thu, Aug 14 2008
LeTourneau University has named Charli Caraway as the new director of First-Year Experience program to oversee the transition of all first-year students academically, spiritually and socially.
Caraway earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and technical documentation from Sam Houston State University in 1996. Her master’s in secondary education is from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she also earned certifications to serve as a school principal and superintendent. She will complete her doctorate in educational leadership in May from SFA.
Caraway worked for three years as a technical writer and project manager for Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston before moving to East Texas in 2000. She taught in public high school for five years before transitioning into teaching in higher education at LeTourneau University. She also has conducted research at SFA in cultural competence in the classroom and culturally relevant teaching practices.
Caraway will oversee 23 peer advisers who work with incoming students in a freshman seminar course called “Cornerstones.” It is designed to encourage self discovery within a social network that builds strong relationships and accountability and leads to higher student retention. Faculty members co-teach Cornerstones classes with the peer advisers, who serve as accessible student leaders to the new students. Activities include classroom assignments, a freshman retreat and service projects.
“I want all of our students and their parents to know that LETU has an office that is dedicated to the successful transition from high school to college,” Caraway said. “We are here to serve the students in any way necessary to successfully achieve this goal.”
Caraway and her husband have four children. The Caraways live in Pine Tree.