Giselle Palmer, class of 2003

50 Faces of Gratitude: Giselle Palmer

by Giselle Palmer, class of 2003

I’m grateful for Chattanooga State!

When I walked on campus for my first class, I was filled with excitement and a bit apprehensive. At 22, I was older than most freshmen. I had never attended a public school and had been homeschooled for most of my education. Chattanooga State represented opportunities I wouldn’t fully understand until

Head shot of Lela Clements, Radiation Therapy student

50 Faces of Gratitude: Lela Clements

by Lela Clements, Radiation Therapy student

I am grateful to Chattanooga State for accepting me into the Radiation Therapy program. What seemed like such an intangible dream last year is now a reality. My husband pushed me to pursue my dream of Radiation Therapy after X-Ray school. It meant moving two states away and taking a huge risk, but after we and our two kids moved here and school started, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Thanks again, Chattanooga State!
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Head shot of Maria Spear, Chattanooga State faculty

50 Faces of Gratitude: Maria Spear

by Maria Spear, Chattanooga State faculty

I am grateful to Chatt State because it gives me the opportunity to practice my profession in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by talented colleagues who encourage me, and by dedicated students who inspire me. I moved here two years ago from the West Coast because I was drawn to this vibrant and friendly community, and I am reminded every day I made the right choice!

Alum and employee Brittney L. Davidson

50 Faces of Gratitude: Brittney L. Davidson

by Brittney L. Davidson
2005 Middle College High School Graduate (now Collegiate High)
Interim Director of the Don Andrews Reading and Writing Center

I am grateful to Chattanooga State, because they gave me the courage and support to graduate high school with my associate degree. Now in my fourth year as a faculty member I have the greatest opportunity to give back the same encouragement that helped me to succeed so many years ago.

Alum Pete Pitts head shot

50 Faces of Gratitude: Pete Pitts

by Pete Pitts–alum, actor, writer, musician, motivational speaker

I am grateful for Chattanooga State because during my time there, I was openly encouraged to learn who I was at the core.

I met many great people, had fantastic instructors and learned a lot about a variety of subjects, but the true value of my education was my journey of self-discovery. After changing my major

Alum Charlotte Hansen with her dog

50 Faces of Gratitude: Charlotte Hansen

by Charlotte Hansen, alum

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because they gave me the tools to achieve more than even I thought was possible with my career.

If someone had told me 10 years ago that I could be anything, from a bookkeeper to setting up the entire accounting department of a multimillion dollar company with an Associates degree in accounting, I’m not sure I would have believed them. That’s what happened and I can thank Chattanooga State for giving me the education and guidance to be where I am today. From accounting classes to interviewing and writing a resume, I feel like my professors at Chattanooga State made sure I was prepared to start my career in any accounting job.

Coach Dennis and Coach Price with an alum

50 Faces of Gratitude: Suzette Henley Linfonte

by Suzette Henley Linfonte, alum

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because the classes I took and time I spent as manager of the women’s basketball team prepared me to continue my education and athletic endeavors (specifically as a student athletic trainer and manager) at UTC and a summer job at Engel Stadium as the clubhouse attendant for the visiting baseball team. As a shy person who loves sports but is not a good athlete, my time as manager of the team gave me the confidence to pursue my degree while being involved in college athletics.