Name: Christen Clemson
City of Residence:
Cortland
Party Affiliation:
Democrat
Office Desired:
Mecca Trustee

Why should you be elected?
After finishing my doctorate program at Penn State University, it was my goal to return to the community that had given me so much while I was in high school.  My community’s support had helped get me to Penn State and I wanted the opportunity to give back.  As a teacher and a coach, I thought that was my method to give back.  But when the opportunity arose to be appointed to a trustee position, I found a new and  impactful way to reach more Mecca residents.
My goal as trustee is to bring in grant monies to help improve services and infrastructure, improve Mosquito Lake, bring needed services to the area, and listen to my constituents needs.  

What are your top three priorities if elected?
1)Bringing the same natural gas to the residents of West Mecca, that was recently installed on the Mecca side of the lake.
2) Cleaning up, renovating, and preserving our greatest asset, Mosquito Lake.
3) Applying for state and federal grant monies to offset costs and save taxpayers money.  

Biography
Education
The Pennsylvania State University   University Park, Pa
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, The Pennsylvania State University                May 2016

The Pennsylvania State University  University Park, Pa
Master’s in Education, Educational Leadership, The Pennsylvania State University                  May  2011

The Pennsylvania State University.  University Park, Pa
Bachelor of Science, Secondary English Education with a minor in Communications                May 2007

Publications
Clemson, Christen E., (2015, February). The Prison Path: School Practices That Hurt Our Youth. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield  

Graduate Assistant
Journal of Research in Rural Education 2011-2012
Graduate editor under Dr. Kai Schafft

Employment History
English Teacher, Maplewood High School.                                                                  8/17/2016 – present
Provide instruction in Advanced Placement Language and Composition
Examine rhetorical device usage in written and spoken messages
Incorporate rhetorical devices into student writing
Focus on analyzing, synthesizing, and argument writing  
Teaching Honors English to sophomores and juniors
Evaluate American literature in historical and present context
Compose narrative, research, descriptive, and argumentative writing pieces
Encourage students to think critically about literature and our society
General English for seniors
Explore job based writing focusing on reports, emails, job applications, technical
writing, and research writing.  
College Credit Plus Writing 1 for Youngstown State University
Fulfilled Youngstown State Universities requirement for Writing I which includes teaching students the writing and editing process
Paper requirements include: Critical/analytical, Compare and Contrast, Literacy Narrative, and Argumentative papers
An American Psychological Association 8-10 page research paper using scholarly journal articles.  
Junior Varsity Volleyball coach, Maplewood High School. 8/1/2017-5/23/2017
Selected young ladies for the JV team based on skills and contributions to the team.
Won all but five games.
Learned different strategies for successful coaching.
Engaged girls in learning to take responsibility of their actions on and off the court, athletically and academically.  
Varsity Volleyball Coach, Maplewood High School 5/30/2017 – present
First-year being a head coach
Hope to continue a successful volleyball program
Hired a talented JV coach
Put together a successful preseason including open gyms and lifting.
Arranged fundraisers and fundraising games.
Assistant Varsity Track and Field Coach 8/17/2016 – present
Coached the throwing events at Maplewood
Had three students qualify for regionals
One student broke Maplewood’s shot put record
Substitute Teacher Trumbull County           5/8/2015 – 8/16/2016
Offered temporary education to school-aged students in the absence of their primary educator
Followed lesson plans provided by the primary educator
Interacted with students in a professional manner while developing a positive rapport
Assistant track coach for Central Mountain High School – Mill Hall, Pennsylvania 3/1/2011-6/1/2015
In charge of the high school throwing program
Technique work
Lifting program
Athlete improvement was tremendous in both shot put and discus
Intramural Building Wage Payroll Staff                                                                        3/20/2014 – present
University Park, Pa                                                                                                                     24 hours a week                                                                                                                                                        
• Main responsibility is facility security by complying with University Policy AD 73
• Answering the phone, selling day passes, providing answers, and ensuring the safety of Intramural Building patrons
•     Working with staff to ensure the efficiency of the building and consistent enforcement of rules  

White Building Information Desk Attendant/Assistant Supervisor                         8/25/2008 – 12/19/2013
University Park, Pa                                                                                                                     24 hours a week
• Assisting faculty and students in finding misplaced items, while handling deskwork and towel sales.
• Solving problems for university groups that arise from room scheduling conflicts
• Manage a staff of ten to twelve undergraduate students
• Providing customer service for over 500 patrons a day with a Penn State Fitness Membership.
• Supply medical aid to patrons who receive minor injuries

Late Night Employee                                                                                                       8/20/2007 – 8/20/2012
University Park, Pa                                                                                                                     12 hours a week
• Encourage students to be involved in  Late Night activities  instead of drinking
• Also perform the activities listed above at the White Building Information Desk

White Building Night Manager                                                                                       8/27/2007 — 5/12/2008                                                  
University Park, Pa                                                                                                                      36 hours a week                                              
Handled student conflicts during the Late Night Basketball League, which is part of the alcohol-free alternative program at Penn State.
Accounted for all monies made by the sale of semester pool passes, day pool passes, day memberships, towel sales, and towel rentals
Managed a staff of twenty to twenty–five undergraduate college students.
Prepped the field for soccer games and managed ten students that also helped to complete this task.
Coordinated with local police to handle accidents and incidents in appropriate situations.

Pennsylvania State University Women’s Track & Field 8/30/2002-6/30/2007
Earned an athletic scholarship to compete for Penn State’s track and field team
Five-year scholarship athlete
Two time Big Ten Runner-up
East Coast Regional Champion
NCAA Championship competitor

Volunteer Activities
AgriPOWER Class VI Graduate – 2014-2015
Chairperson Farmers and Friends Dinner – 2015
Young Agricultural Professionals delegate to the Ohio Agricultural Meeting – 2012
Ohio Farm Bureau Trustee – 2013 – Present
Central Mountain School District Track Coach – 2012 – Present
NCATE certified English/Communications – 2007
Active teaching certification in Pennsylvania – 2007 – Present
Active teaching certification in Ohio – 2007 – Present

Presentations  
Clemson, Christen (2015).  “Educating ‘Bad’ Kids: A Case Study of a Juvenile Justice Center” Presentation at the 20th Annual Values and Leadership Conference – University Park, Pennsylvania

Panelist on “Making Invisible Children and Youth Visible in Research, Theory, and Practice (2015) – University Council of Educational Administration – San Diego, California

Clemson, Christen, and Dr. Jeannette Brelsford.  (2015). “The School to Prison Pipeline: What does Play have to do with it?”  Presentation at the International Play Conference – Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson, Christen.  (2014) “Prison or School: What Transformational Leaders Can Do to Change Prison- like Policies” Paper Presentation at the 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference – Nippissing Univ. Ontario, CA.

Clemson, Christen.  (2014) “K-Prison: The Analogous Institutions of Schools and Prisons” Paper Presentation American Educational Research Association – Philadelphia, P a

Clemson, Christen.  (2013). “RISC: Rebuilding At-Risk Schools from the Community Up” Paper Presentation University Council for Educational Administration – Indianapolis, In.

Clemson, Christen.  (2013).  “President or Pauper: The Dirty Secret of Money and Education” Paper Presentation at the 18th Annual Values and Leadership Conference – Norman, Oklahoma

Clemson, Christen.  (2012). “School Discipline: Grabbing the Paddle by the Handle”
Paper Presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration – Denver, Colorado

Clemson, Christen.  (2012). “Straight by the Book or Outside the Box?  Special Education and the Prison Classification System” Paper Presentation at the 17th Annual Values and Leadership Conference – Brisbane, Australia  

Clemson, Christen.  (2011). “A K-16 Education: Changing the Way Universities Teach Classroom Teachers to Teach” Paper Presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Clemson, Christen.  (2011). “Prisons and Schools: A Shared History But a Separate Future That Provides Every Student with a ‘K-16 Education’” Paper Presentation at the 16thAnnual Values and Leadership Conference – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Activities
OHSAA Umpire – umpiring baseball and softball for all ages in Ohio – 3/20/2002-present
TIUA Umpire – umpiring men’s AA baseball and Roy Hobbs League – 6/25/2011 – present
Amateur Softball Association Umpire – 2007 – Present

STUDENT WRITING AWARDS
Law Day Essay Honorable Mention – 2019
Letters about Literature Third Place – 2018
Letters about Literature numerous Honorable Mentions – 2018
YSU English Festival numerous awards – 2017 – 2019

AWARDS
Graduate Assistant – 2012 – 2013
NCAA Academic All-American – 2002 – 2007
Girl Scout Gold Award – 2001

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