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Posted On: Thursday, July 2, 2015 08:00 AM, by Aquene Kenerson
Julie (second from right) and her family.
Julie Shivers Jameson, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, served as an educational leadership consultant for the Fraternity from 1984 to 1985. Today, Julie works as a high school family and consumer science teacher, and was recently awarded the honor of Secondary School Teacher of the Year in her school district.

For Julie, Theta and family are closely entwined. Julie's daughter, Joni Jameson Wise (also a Gamma Phi/Texas Tech alumna) served as an ELC from 2011-2013! Her son also married a Gamma Phi member, and when describing her to the family he said, "Mom, I want you to meet this girl I've been dating. You will like her because she is a Theta." He meant these words as the highest compliment he could give knowing how meaningful Kappa Alpha Theta is for Julie.

During her time as a consultant, Julie traveled full-time and says she would not trade the experience—both the good and the bad—for anything. When asked what talents or skilled she gained, she enumerates them: how to pack, how to be flexible in work and travel atmospheres, and how to walk into a room not knowing a soul but having the confidence to thrive in a difficult situation. Julie also feels that she gained poise in all situations, a skill that you do not get easily or as quickly in other work experiences. When summing up her experience, Julie says, "It was amazing, tough, enlightening, and one of the most phenomenal years of personal growth."

Aquene Kenerson, Epsilon Psi/Richmond, will serve Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity during the next school year as a second-year educational leadership consultant.