Commencement Spotlight: Jaylen Cherry

Commencement Spotlight: Jaylen Cherry, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Future Plans: Teacher, Richmond County School System 

Jaylen Cherry, an Augusta, Georgia native, will graduate May 7 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Sigma Chapter), T.E.A.C.H. (Teaching Educators and Creating Heritage), C.W.O.E. (Collegiate Women of Empowerment), S.A.S.S. (Students Advocating for a Stronger Sisterhood, and P3 (Paraprofessionals Promoting Progression). She also volunteered for the Salvation Army. A scholar committed to academic excellence, Cherry earned her spot on the dean’s list in 2021 and 2022, and she is an Albany State University National Alumni Association Marie H. Dixon Scholarship recipient.  She has accepted a position to teach first graders with the Richmond County School System in Augusta, Georgia. Jaylen Cherry

What motivated you to learn more about your field?
My summer jobs in high school consisted of me working with children. This motivated me to pursue a degree in education.

Why did you choose ASU?
Growing up, I visited Albany numerous times due to relatives living here. But after attending Homecoming in 2015, I became interested in the university. Then I attended open house my junior year and that’s when I knew this was the school I wanted to attend. ASU has truly become my second home. 

How did ASU prepare you to succeed after matriculation?
ASU prepared me to succeed by requiring education majors to complete field experience hours. I have observed and worked with teachers in the Dougherty County School System since my freshman year. This has helped me tremendously because I know what to expect in the classroom.

What do you love most about your chosen profession?
I love how students faces light up when they have learned something new and seeing their enjoyment for learning. 

Who at ASU has made the biggest impact on you and who do you consider to be a role model at ASU?
My professors in the school of education have made a big impact on me. They have pushed and supported me so that I could become a great educator. We are a tight knit family in the School of Education.

What advice would you give to other ASU students?
Remain focused, be responsible for your own learning, and enjoy your undergraduate experience. 

What advice would you give to high school students who are preparing to enter ASU?
Build relationships with your professors and your peers in your major. Become active in organizations on campus and take advantage of the resources the university provides.