Chester Goad

Chester Goad

Disability Advocate


Tennessee Tech University & Author/Speaker

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I wasn't very interested in academics until I realized my ADD meant I'd have to learn differently.
Once I realized that I could learn in a different way, I started excelling in high school.
I was a first-generation college student, but I worked hard and became student government president.
After college, I became a high school teacher.
I realized that real educational change was being shaped by legislation and policy.
I began working for my local congressman, which helped me better understand policy, and people.
I co-wrote and helped pass the "Dyslexia is Real" law in Tennessee in 2014 - a proud moment.
Now I work as a disability advocate, at Tennessee Tech University, and on my own around the world!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Oneida High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
Roane State Community College
undergrad
Bachelor
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Tennessee Technological University
graduate
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Tennessee Technological University
doctorate
Doctorate
Educational Leadership with a concentration in Special Education
University of the Cumberlands
Career

Career

Disability Advocate

I communicate the importance of giving everyone an equal shot at leadership, learning and life.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Writing
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

My day job is at a university, where I work with students that have learning differences. I build relationships with them and make sure that they're granted equal access, both physically, and in terms of educational resources. No day is the same because I interact with such a broad spectrum of students and campus issues. Outside of that, I write almost every day, whether it's for my blog, or for larger publications like Edutopia or Huffington Post. I also do a lot of public speaking appearances.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

In order to be an advocate, you have to be open to different ideas, and then you have to be able to communicate those ideas to your audiences. You definitely don't have to go to school to be an advocate; you just have to get out there and do it. If you're writing, you're a writer. If you're speaking, you're a speaker. It's all advocacy. But while you are in school, definitely find that area that you're passionate about, build up your knowledge, and your platform and follow your dreams.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

If you have a passion for something from a young age, start getting involved in classes and organizations that are related to your interests. It also helps to be in student government or services clubs where you can get the chance to practice writing, public speaking, and the leadership skills necessary to be an advocate and change your world.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
graduate
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Educational Leadership with a concentration in Special Education
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I used to tell myself, you can't do as much as everyone else. You're at a disadvantage."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
First-Generation College Student